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Recent breach shows importance of BA agreements

Carefully managing your Business Associates (BA) agreements is important. At PrivaPlan we can’t emphasize that enough. The following story illustrates why. As if going to the dentist doesn’t cause enough anxiety, last week 4300 dental patients learned that their personal records may have been compromised. Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston contacted the patients about…

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W-2 phishing season is here…again

As the tax season gets underway, you can bet that cyber criminals are doing their tax preparations for W-2 phishing; they’re preparing to dupe hundreds of payroll and HR departments into providing W-2 data on their employees.

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Phishing scam exposes PHI of patients at Colorado Mental Health Institute

As the year comes to an end, there appears to be no end in sight for healthcare data hacks. An employee at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo recently fell for a phishing scam that potentially exposed the PHI of 650 patients.

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Will a Federal Data Security and Breach Notification Act finally get passed?

Three Democratic Senators re-introduced a Data Security and Breach Notification Act on Thursday that has failed to get legislative approval since 2015.

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Protect your data: 10 tips for online shopping

The National Retail Foundation says that 78 million people plan to do online shopping on Cyber Monday. No doubt a good number of those will do that at work.

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New HIPAA guidance released in opioid crisis

Responding to the opioid crisis, the OCR explains when and how healthcare providers can share a patient’s health information without violating HIPAA.

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Our experts talk security with rural health care group

David Ginsberg talked about cyber security during one of the three sessions he led at the Colorado Rural Health Care Annual Rural Health Conference this week.

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Expect phishing attacks to follow Equifax hack

With news that cyber criminals stole 143 million credit records in a hacking scandal at Equifax, highly targeted spear phishing attacks are expected.

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Latest HIMSS cybersecurity report: threats rise, so does security

The August 2017 HIMSS Cybersecurity Report indicates that respondents are taking proactive steps to stay ahead of security threats.

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A new cyber threat is also a HIPAA Security threat

Recent analysis of a new variant of what appeared to be ransomware turns out instead to be malicious software that erases files on computers.

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Worldwide ransomware attack is on the move

A quickly spreading ransomware attack is hitting countries across the world, including the United States.

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GOP data firm causes largest US voter data leak to date

Political data of 198 million US citizens was exposed after a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee stored internal documents on a publicly accessible Amazon server.

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New expiration for ABN form goes in effect June 21

CMS is implementing mandatory use of the revised ABN form on June 21 with the newly incorporated March 2020 expiration date.

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Use extreme caution in WannaCry Ransomware Attack

The largest cyberattack in history is hitting the U.S. today. Last week, multiple countries around the world reported falling victim to the WannaCry ransomware attack. Numerous hospitals and healthcare information systems were impacted.

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Google Docs used in latest phishing attack

A widespread phishing attack using Google Docs is currently hitting inboxes. This is a good time to be extra cautious about clicking links.

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Survey finds 68% healthcare employees will share sensitive info

Results from a recent survey reveal that 68% of healthcare employees occasionally share confidential or regulated data.

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FBI warns of cyber attacks on FTP servers in healthcare

An FBI alert warns the healthcare sector that cyber criminals have stepped up attacks targeting their FTP servers.

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HIPAA settlement proves value of audit controls

Having policies and procedures in place is good, as long as you have audit controls to ensure they’re implemented, unlike this Florida healthcare system.

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CMS extends Medicare EHR attestation deadline

Providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program – widely referred to as Meaningful Use – have a little more time to attest to requirements.

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PrivaPlan partner QVH Systems releases MIPS Navigator™ 

PrivaPlan partner QVH Systems recently released a new software solution called MIPS Navigator to help physicians and other health professionals achieve success under Medicare’s new merit-based incentive payment system.

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Hospital’s fate warns of tax season scams

On January 25, it was discovered that the tax information of 1,457 hospital employees had fallen into a scammer’s hands in one of the latest W-2 business email compromise attacks.

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Phishing campaign uses PDF attachments

The SANS Internet Storm Center warns about an active phishing campaign that utilizes PDF attachments to harvest email credentials from victims.

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Patient behind breach using hospital library laptop

The New Hampshire DHHS says a former patient is behind a breach that began on a laptop in the hospital library, affecting approximately 15,000 patients.

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Hack of Quest Diagnostics affects 34k people

Quest Diagnostics Inc. is investigating a hack into an internet application on its network that exposed the PHI of about 34,000 people.

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Beware of images posted in Facebook Messenger

Clicking on images in Facebook Messenger could unleash a devastating ransomware attack on your organization.

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Be on the alert for App ID Theft

Want to give personal information to a scammer this holiday season? There’s an app for that. Actually, there are hundreds of apps for that and many are masquerading as legitimate retailers.