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The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

2018 Election Update- Michael Dougherty Announces Bid for Colorado Attorney General- Michael Dougherty formally announced his candidacy to become Colorado AG. Dougherty is the third Democrat to formally enter the...more

The Future Of The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act May Be Uncertain… But HIPAA Is Here To Stay

by Fraser Trebilcock on

While the future of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and any potential replacement legislation is still in question, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...more

HIPAA spring check-up: Your obligations to safeguard third-party patient health information in medical records produced in...

You’ve had your apple a day, but you can’t keep the subpoenas away… And, if your organization is facing a request seeking records or other materials that may contain patient health information (“PHI”), it bears...more

HIPAA Settlement With Wireless Health Services Provider Is Less Than Meets The Eye

by King & Spalding on

On April 24, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced a $2.5 million HIPAA settlement with CardioNet, a wireless health services provider. CardioNet provides remote mobile...more

WannaCry Also Encrypted Hospital Medical Devices

The fall-out from WannaCry continues, particularly in the healthcare sector. There are new reports that WannaCry affected at least two hospital systems in the U.S. and encrypted medical devices (power injector systems)...more

Employers: Are You Ready for a Cyberwar? Attackers Using Ransomware are Saying Show Me Your Bitcoin!

by Dechert LLP on

Recently, the WannaCry ransomware attack impacted 150 countries and over 300,000 computers. Not all ransomware attacks are so massive but they all are fast moving and require swift action to prevent destruction and lose of...more

HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Issues Series of Cybersecurity Updates in Response to WannaCry...

In response to the WannaCry ransomware attack that infiltrated the computer systems of health care systems and other entities worldwide on or around May 12, 2017, HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and...more

HHS Issues Cyber Threat Warning to US Hospitals and Medical Providers

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

In light of last week’s ransomware attacks overseas targeting hospitals and other providers, HHS is notifying providers in the United States of a warning issued by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)...more

Weapons in the Cyber Defense Arsenal

by Wilson Elser on

In May 2017, the world experienced an unprecedented global cyberattack that targeted the public and private sectors, including an auto factory in France, dozens of hospitals and health care facilities in the United Kingdom,...more

Health Care E-Note - May 2017

by Burr & Forman on

When a physician leaves a medical practice, especially if the physician stays in the area to compete against his/her former employer, the situation can become stressful and acrimonious. Please see full E-Note below for...more

AGG Food and Drug Newsletter - May 2017

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP's Food and Drug Newsletter is a monthly update of legal and regulatory issues that affect the FDA-regulated community, including regular updates on legislative initiatives from AGG’s Washington, DC...more

Press Release Mistake Leads to $2.4 Million HIPAA Penalty for Health System

by Nossaman LLP on

On May 10, 2017, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced an agreement whereby Memorial Hermann Health System (“MHHS”) will pay a $2.4 million penalty for releasing a patient’s...more

Potential HIPAA Pitfalls for Developers of Healthcare Apps

by Perkins Coie on

As federal and state governments struggle to address future healthcare regulation, demand for healthcare that is cheaper, better and faster continues to surge. Every day, new healthcare apps are being developed to respond...more

Are Healthcare Systems Being Held Hostage by Ransomware?

by Revision Legal on

Healthcare ransomware is one of the biggest cybersecurity concerns in existence and it may have particularly serious implications for healthcare systems. Ransomware is a form of malicious software code that is somehow...more

WannaCry Global Ransomware Attack

A global ransomware attack began early last Friday and has affected businesses and government entities in 150 countries, including Britain’s national health system, FedEx, Spain’s Telefónica, and the Russian Interior...more

Take-Aways from WannaCry

We have read multiple reports on WannaCry and if you are reading this and don’t know what WannaCry is, Google it for the background story. The clear message is this is not the last major attack we will see, and future attacks...more

Memorial Hermann’s Use of Patient Name in Press Release Leads to $2.4 Million HIPAA Settlement

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced another large HIPAA-related settlement last week with Memorial Hermann Health System (Memorial Hermann), the largest not-for-profit...more

Privacy Tip #88 – The Challenge of Keeping Up with Patches

Over the past week, many clients and individuals have asked me why some companies and health care facilities were devastated by the WannaCry ransomware, and why others made it through the weekend without a blink of an eye....more

Ransomware Imminently Expected to Target Medical Devices

by Baker Donelson on

As a wave of devastating ransomware-based attacks spread across the globe last week, it became abundantly clear that the medical industry at large was ill-prepared for the threat despite years of warnings. The virus hit...more

HHS OCR Resumes HIPAA Enforcement Action Announcements: Four New Settlements and Penalties Totaling More than $5 million in a One...

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

After a pause of nearly two months, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (HHS OCR) has resumed its announcement of settlements for alleged HIPAA violations, with four new settlement agreements...more

WannaCry Malware and Medical Device Security

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

Public Still Must be Kept Private under HIPAA

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

A not-for-profit health care system recently agreed to pay the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $2.4 million as part of a settlement over potential Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)...more

Cyber Hot Topics: Data Security Strategies Suited to Small Physician Practices [Video]

In our recent webinar, “Data Security Strategies Suited to Small Physician Practices,” we discussed several technical and administrative controls that are essential to keeping your patient information secure, and also easy...more

Tips for Ensuring Your Organization Is HIPAA Compliant Amid Increased Enforcement Activity

Thus far in 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office for Civil Rights has continued the step-up in HIPAA enforcement activity we saw in 2016 and appears on track to exceed 2016’s enforcement...more

Office of Civil Rights announces $2.4M settlement with Texas Health System for release of patient name

On May 10, 2017, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced a $2.4M settlement with Memorial Hermann Health System, a not-for-profit health system located in Southeast Texas, which is comprised of 16 hospitals and specialty...more

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