Healthcare Compliance Updates & Tips

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How to Protect Your Organization from the Next Phishing Scam

In today’s world, it’s easier than ever for hackers to take advantage of organizations online. Recent examples of this have come in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline attack and the Scripps Health EHR breach. The repercussions of both attacks—which include gasoline shortages up and down the east coast and disruption of EHR, website, and patient portal—are continuing to be felt long after the bad actors do their dirty work. So, what can organizations do to protect themselves?

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The Evolution of Risk to PHI and Patient Safety

In the 70s and 80s, healthcare organizations started to migrate their patient management information from hard copy to electronic, either on shared mainframes such as SMS and McAuto or on microprocessors. The user workstations had no intelligence and were known as “dumb terminals.” There were limited locations of electronic identifiable health information. There was no motivation to sell identifiable health information.

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Information Blocking and the Future of Patient Care: Breaking Down the 8 Exceptions

President and CEO Gerry Blass sat down with Journal of AHIMA senior editor Mary Butler on a recent episode of the Hi Pitch Podcast to talk about the 21st Century Cures Act Information Blocking Final Rule and the eight information blocking exceptions. Blass was joined by attorney Helen Oscislawski, who spoke to the challenges her clients have faced as they prepare to comply with the rule, which goes into effect on April 5th.

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Breaking Down HICP: Setting the Stage for a Safer World Online

President and CEO Gerry Blass sat down with HIMSS TV host Bill Siwicki on a recent episode of Digital Checkup. This video series features interviews with Bill and healthcare leaders and CEOs that spans a range of topics from leadership, patient access, interoperability, telehealth and more. On this specific episode, Bill asked Gerry about the new Health Information Cybersecurity Practices (HICP) Final Rule and what it means for leaders who are working to strength their organization’s cybersecurity.

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COVID-19: Business Continuity Lessons Learned

Not only did the COVID-19 global pandemic change the way care is provided, it changed how security and compliance programs needed to be structured, especially with regard to disaster preparedness and business continuity. Though healthcare organizations typically have disaster recovery and business continuity (DR/BC) plans in place, it can often be difficult to operationalize those plans when a disaster arises.

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Protecting Health Information In The COVID-19 Era

Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, ransomware attacks were on the rise. “COVID has simply increased risk of attacks due to more locations with a remote workforce, [protected health information] through telehealth, more phishing attacks, more opportunities that hackers like to take advantage of.”

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