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The Office of the National Coordinator Releases Guidance on Recent International Ransomware Campaign

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

With the news of the newest international ransomware campaign that is currently affecting some organizations within the Health Care sector, it is important to not only educate staff on necessary precautions, but also be aware...more

WannaCry Malware and Medical Device Security

by Knobbe Martens on

The WannaCry virus has infected and frozen computers in many industries around the world. According to a news source report, the virus has extorted doctors and hospital administrators for the keys to unlock and regain access...more

Ransomware Attack – Quick Facts

By now, you may have heard about the global ransomware attacks affecting health care and other organizations throughout the world, in particular the United Kingdom, but also in the United States. The ransomware variant,...more

Employee’s Wife Pleads Guilty to Charges After He Stole Patient Information

The Manhattan District Attorney announced this week that a former employee of Lenox Hill Hospital’s wife plead guilty to grand larceny, identity theft in the first degree, and criminal possession of stolen property after her...more

Ransomware Attacks on ePHI May Be a Data Breach Under HIPAA

by Snell & Wilmer on

On July 11, 2016, the Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) at the Department of Health and Human Services issued new HIPAA guidance regarding the growing epidemic of malicious computer software known as “ransomware”....more

Kansas Heart Hospital pays ransom but attackers renege on their word

In a rare and twisted result, Kansas Heart Hospital was hit with a ransomware attack on May 18th, and made the decision to pay a “small amount” to the attackers in order to get its data back. Kansas Heart stated that no...more

Also In the News - Data, Privacy, & Security Practice Report - May 2016 #2

by King & Spalding on

K&S Client Alert: Third Try Is A Charm: Defend Trade Secrets Act Of 2015 Enacted Into Law—For the third consecutive year, Congress introduced legislation to create a federal civil cause of action for trade secret...more

Employment Law This Week: FTC on Big Data, DOJ/DOL on Safety Violations, External Whistleblowers, NRF Fights Scheduling

by Epstein Becker & Green on

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

New HIPAA Privacy Rule Permits Disclosures to Background Check System

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On January 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule amending the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to strengthen the current background check...more

Lab tech indicted for identity theft

A lab tech working at a Las Vegas pediatric cardiology practice has been indicted on one count of illegal use and disclosure of patient health information and one count of aggravated identity theft. The lab tech had...more

HIPAA Lessons from the Warner Chilcott Settlement

Last week, the US Attorney’s Office in Boston announced that drug company Warner Chilcott agreed to plead guilty to health care fraud and pay $125 million to resolve criminal and civil liability arising out of allegations...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19253 - RBC Nice Bearings, Inc. v. SKF USA, Inc. [An important decision on contract waiver but one all attorneys should recall from the UCC or Contracts course we took...more

Who’s In Your Wallet? Is Your Company Being Hijacked by Identity Thieves?

by Buchalter on

The California Secretary of State has detected increased criminal activity aimed at businesses, as identity thieves make phony filings with the Secretary of State’s office that help them gain access to bank accounts and...more

Health care worker sent to jail for HIPAA violations

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

When we train employees on HIPAA, we always remind them that HIPAA violations carry significant penalties-both civil and criminal. Our favorite line is “Keep your day job.” Stealing patient information is never worth the...more

HIPAA' s Criminal Charges Pack a Heavy Punch

by Fisher Phillips on

Almost all healthcare providers and health plan administrators are familiar with the detailed requirements of the privacy and security rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Violations...more

Status Updates - October 2014 #8

..Doctor in the mouse. What if you could input a list of your current symptoms to Google, and quickly be connected with a doctor for a brief consultation? For a limited trial period, Google seems to have set up such a system...more

Face video scan can trigger data protection breach?

by DLA Piper on

Data protection breaches of health related sensitive data might occur through a mere video scanning an individual’s face according to a recent research....more

FBI Warning to Health Care Sector Holds True

by Dickinson Wright on

In April of this year, the FBI issued a Private Industry Notification (PIN) to the health care industry warning of the “likely increase [in] cyber intrusions against health care systems.” In the same month, and into June of...more

Federal Prosecutors Bring Criminal Charges against Individual for Alleged HIPAA Violation

by Cooley LLP on

Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of Texas recently brought criminal charges under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) against a former East Texas hospital employee. The former...more

OCR Proposes HIPAA Amendments to Address Gun Violence

As we previously reported, President Obama has made it a priority to improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”). Last week, more than eight months after the issuance of a advance notice of...more

HHS Issues Privacy Rule Guidance for Law Enforcement Agencies

by Wilson Elser on

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the release of its guidance, “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule: A Guide for Law...more

Recent Cases of Interest to Regulators

by Field Law on

Investigative Powers - Sazant v. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, 2013 CanLII 22324 (S.C.C.), dismissing leave to appeal of a decision in 2012 ONCA 727 - In Sazant, a physician faced both criminal...more

New Survey Underscores Providers' Responsibility for Preventing Medical ID Theft

by BakerHostetler on

The Ponemon Institute's recent publication of its fourth annual 2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft (Survey) confirmed what many in the healthcare industry already knew: identity theft is a serious and often overlooked...more

New Enforcement Guidance from the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office

(LONDON) Who is on the ICO’s radar these days? August seems to be the month for getting new guidance documents out the door at the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office. The UK ICO has just published guidance...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News - June 2013

by Polsinelli on

In This Issue: - Top News ..CMS Finalizes MLR Rule for Plans, Maintaining Application to Part D Sponsors ..Early State Filings Show Premium Reductions under ACA ..HHS Received More Than 830 Letters of...more

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