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$70K OCR Penalty for Sharp Health Over HIPAA Right of Access Failures

Sharp HealthCare’s $70,000 civil monetary penalty with OCR is the sixteenth enforcement action under the HIPAA Right of Access Initiative and the second announced this week. By Jessica Davis California-based Sharp HealthCare, doing business as Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers (SRMC), has agreed to a corrective action plan and to pay the Office for Civil Rights a $70,000 civil …

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How Does Artificial Intelligence Help in Data Protection and HIPAA Compliance?

By Narendra Sahoo Cybercrimes have been prevalent in the financial industry for years. But, today hackers have shifted their focus towards the data-rich healthcare industry as their lucrative target. Despite stringent norms and regulations in place, data protection has been a huge challenge for the healthcare industry. With numerous data breach cases surfacing each year, …

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HIPAA and remote work: Top compliance risks to address

Compliance is a serious, enforceable matter – and must be properly addressed in the context of the workplace challenges and changes that have emerged amid the pandemic. By Louise Rains-Gomez This piece was co-authored with Thomas Hiney. The modern workplace is in the midst of a massive transformation. An estimated forty-four percent of employees are …

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OCR: Healthcare HIPAA Compliance Report Finds PHI Security Failures

While many covered entities and business associates met HIPAA-required breach notification compliance requirements, an OCR audit revealed a host of PHI security failures for most providers. By Jessica Davis The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights released an audit report on HIPAA compliance in the sector from 2016 to 2017 based …

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From weaponized AI to threats against the vaccine rollout, here are 6 cybersecurity trends to watch in 2021

by Heather Landi  Could 2021 be the year that healthcare finally gets smart about cybersecurity? Many in the industry say real change needs to happen as the situation has become a matter of life and death. Hospitals are facing a new wave of ransomware attacks even as they also struggle to confront a nationwide surge …

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Merit Medical to Pay $18 Million Over False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Violations

By Thomas Sullivan In mid-October 2020, Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (MMSI) agreed to pay $18 million to resolve allegations that the company violated the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute by paying kickbacks to physicians and hospitals to induce the use of MMSI products. As we covered in our September 2020 issue of our sister …

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Telemedicine takes big hit in federal healthcare fraud takedown in South Florida

BY JAY WEAVER OCTOBER 09, 2020 06:00 AM, UPDATED OCTOBER 09, 2020 06:27 AM A Consumer Alert from Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office concerned fake COVID-19 stimulus text messages. U.S. Health and Human Services said scam callers use COVID-19 to get Medicare information. BY CDC As the advertising folks like to say, telemedicine is …

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ARTICLE: HHS OCR Announces HIPAA Enforcement Actions & Data Regarding Hackers

“The best way for any provider to mitigate the risk of a cybersecurity incident and/or privacy violation is to have a third party conduct a comprehensive risk analysis.” Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA More than 500 individuals affected; five new enforcement actions published. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights …

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INSIGHT: Healthcare Workers Targeted By Dangerous New Windows Ransomware Campaign Using Coronavirus As Bait

Healthcare Workers Targeted By Dangerous New Windows Ransomware Campaign Using Coronavirus As Bait By Davey Winder – Senior Contributor   Cybercriminals, who truly deserve the epithet of cyberscum, are attacking healthcare targets with a new and dangerous Windows ransomware campaign. At the start of March,  I warned how a new Windows ransomware threat was hiding …

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Cybersecurity Practices That Protect Your Small Business

By Imran Tariq ENTREPRENEUR LEADERSHIP NETWORK CONTRIBUTOR Success instills pride. Unfortunately, valuable possessions also attract thieves. Entrepreneurs think lack of customers, bad service and limited capital are what causes bankruptcy. Try being a victim of cybercrime. A 2019 report by insurance carrier Hiscox found that 60 percent of companies that are victims of a cyberattack …

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