OCR to Answer Questions in HIPAA Recognized Security Practices Video

In January of 2021, an amendment to the HITECH Act, known as HR 7898, was signed into law. The law has several nicknames, including the Cybersecurity Best Practices Bill, the HIPAA Security Rule Safe Harbor Law, and the HIPAA Security Rule Recognized Security Practices bill. While the bill has several nicknames, it does not yet have any specific enforcement rules. Under the [...]

2022-06-24T16:31:59-04:00June 20th, 2022|

Consolidated Appropriations Act 2022 – What’s In It?

In March of 2022, President Biden signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2022. The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2022 wears many hats. The law reauthorizes the Anti-Violence Against Women Act, increases defense spending, provides aid to Ukraine, and funds the White House internship program, allowing interns to be paid for the first time. One of the less big-ticket - but by no [...]

2022-05-31T08:23:19-04:00May 18th, 2022|

HHS Warns of Increases in Insider Data Breaches

In April of 2022, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’ Office of Information Security issued a 27-page publication, entitled “Insider Threats in Healthcare.” The publication covers a significant trend in cybersecurity: More and more, healthcare organization data breaches are being caused by internal (employee) action as opposed to actions from outside third parties. HHS defines an “Insider threat in the [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:27-04:00April 27th, 2022|

HHS Seeks Public Input on How to Implement Cybersecurity Best Practices Bill

In January of 2021, HR 7898, nicknamed the Cybersecurity Best Practices bill, was signed into law. Under this law, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) must consider whether an entity used recognized cybersecurity best practices in the year preceding a violation when deciding whether to penalize the organization.  In April of 2022, OCR issued a [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:29-04:00April 7th, 2022|

OCR Cybersecurity Newsletter Offers Guidance Against Common Cyberattacks

Each quarter the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights issues a cybersecurity newsletter. The newsletter highlights cybersecurity trends affecting the healthcare industry. As the March 2022 OCR Cybersecurity Newsletter notes, the number of hacking and IT incidents affecting electronic protected health information (ePHI) has shot up, and rather quickly at that. In fact, there has been a 45% increase in the number [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:31-04:00March 25th, 2022|

2022 Security and Compliance Tips, Threats, and Trends

As 2022 unfolds, the security and compliance threats to organizations and healthcare practices look a lot like a repeat of 2021: more ransomware threats, recycling old scams and finding new flaws to exploit.  Where should your focus be regarding 2022 security and compliance, and what are the best 2022 healthcare security tips to protect your organization?   2022 Security and Compliance Tips, [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:34-04:00February 28th, 2022|

Should You Have a HIPAA Compliant Password Manager?

As technology makes our lives easier, it brings the challenge of remembering all the various usernames and passwords required to access our data. Many of us take advantage of password management applications in our personal lives, but is there a way to bring that convenience into our work life? Does a HIPAA compliant password manager even exist? We will look at what [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:38-04:00February 7th, 2022|

New Website Aims to Align HHS Cybersecurity Guidance

The Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new website designed to align HHS cybersecurity guidance across the healthcare spectrum and facilitate the exchange of best practices and information. Collaboration is Key to HHS Cybersecurity Guidance Launched in December 2021, the website reflects the collaborative effort between the agency and the private sector that has emerged since the agency established [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:40-04:00January 19th, 2022|