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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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Judge rules in favor of OCR, orders cancer center to pay $4.3 for HIPAA violations
A HHS Administrative Law Judge has ruled that MD Anderson violated HIPAA and is requiring the Texas cancer center to pay $4.3 million in penalties to the OCR.
World’s worst criminal phishing botnet gets trickier
The notorious Necurs botnet has upped its crime game by adopting a retro trick to make itself more evasive and less likely to having its phishing intercepted by your filters.
Hacking group targets healthcare industry worldwide
Cybersecurity firm Symantec announced this week that a hacking group called Orangeworm appears to have been targeting the healthcare industry in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Vendor email attachments could be phishing bait
One of the latest reported email phishing schemes is very hard to beat and it always includes an attachment. What can you do about it?
HIMSS survey shows significant security incidents
The annual HIMSS cybersecurity survey released March 8 revealed that nearly 76 percent of health information security professionals believe their organizations experienced a significant security incident in the past 12 months.
Latest phishing scams target payroll direct deposits
Scammers are cashing in on company paydays much to the chagrin of employees who had a lapse in judgment and shared their log-in credentials. Warn your employees NOW about this latest phishing scam involving payroll portals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Worldwide ransomware attack is on the move
A quickly spreading ransomware attack is hitting countries across the world, including the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.