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for: ‘HHS Office of Civil Rights’

Can We Fully Prepare For Cyberattacks?

These days, it might seem like every other headline is about a large-scale health care data breach or ransomware attack. Indeed, an Accenture study from earlier this year found that 26 percent of Americans have had their data breached. And this May, the “WannaCry” ransomware attack caused chaos around the world, including for health care […]

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Health IT, Telehealth Would See Cuts in Suggested Trump Budget

Just as he did earlier this year with his spending proposal for the remainder of FY 2017, President Donald Trump has made waves on and off the Hill with the release of his FY 2018 budget blueprint. With its suggested broad cuts to health care and social welfare programs, including Medicaid, the document, dubbed “A […]

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New OCR Chief Pledges to Fight Breaches

It’s no secret that the number of large-scale health care data breaches has been on the rise in recent years, often dominating headlines and causing concern in the health care community. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plays an important role in combating and responding to […]

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CTeL Fall Summit: Q & A with Cybersecurity Experts

On November 18, attendees of the CTeL Fall Telehealth Summit will turn their attention to an urgent concern: how to protect health data in a world of increasing cyber-threats. Panelists for the session, “Held for Ransom: Protecting Yourself Against Cybersecurity Threats” will include two experts in cybersecurity for health care organizations: Robert Hudock, Esq. and Adam […]

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Telehealth HIPAA Privacy and Security Audits in 2016 – Expect an Increase

Writing for healthcareinfosecurity.com, former Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) attorney, David Holtzman predicts that in 2016, the OCR will aggressively increase their number of audits to enforce compliance among health care providers and their business associates, with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) patient privacy and security law. As […]

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HIPAA Phase Two Audits on Horizon – Is Your Organization Prepared?

Pointers to prepare your organization, and for your C-Suite to be aware of, and on board with, your organization’s preparedness plan: 1.    The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) will continue with conducting federal government audits to ensure compliance with The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and The […]

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Telehealth Companies Need to be Ready for HIPAA Audits

It is widely held that all telehealth organizations are at risk for data breach of consumer protected health information (PHI).  Many are of the opinion that breach is not an “if” question, but a “when” question. A recent survey by KPMG, the international audit, tax, and advisory firm, found the greatest threats to come from […]

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