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Experts at CLM Conference Warn Organizations to Prepare for Cost-Effective Breach Response by Planning Ahead

March 31, 2017. With breaches growing and types expanding, experts at the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance Conference in Nashville, TN yesterday recommended planning ahead for [...]

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OCR Initiates First HIPAA Enforcement Settlement for Failure of Covered Entity to Provide Timely Written Notification of Breach

January 13, 2017. On January 9, 2017, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that Presence Health Network of Illinois settled a [...]

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Cyber Insurance Required for Breach Coverage

We have discussed in previous posts the importance of having cyber security insurance coverage, especially as Insurance Services Office (ISO) commercial general liability (CGL) policies now [...]

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Average Cost of Breached Record Up to $154 in 2015 Study

June 4, 2015.   The May 2015, IBM-sponsored Ponemon Institute Research Report, 2015 Cost of Data Breach Study:  Global Analysis, determined that “the average cost paid for each lost or stolen [...]

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More Attention to Risk Management Needed by Law Firms and Governance Boards

One of the critical responsibilities of management of covered entities and business associates is safeguarding protected health information (PHI) in hard copy and electronic formats by [...]

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Two Articles Shine the Spotlight on the Importance of Covered Entities Proactively Managing CyberSecurity Risks

On July 13, Politico published online an article entitled “Electronic heath records ripe for theft,” which is available at: [...]

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Lessons Learned from Breach Reports: A Cautionary Tale for Achieving HIPAA Compliance in Six Parts – (II) Security Evaluation

On May 20, 2014, then Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, transmitted to Congress the required HITECH Act document:  Annual Report to Congress on [...]

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Lessons Learned from Breach Reports: A Cautionary Tale for Achieving HIPAA Compliance in Six Parts – (I) Risk Analysis and Risk Management

On May 20, 2014, then Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, transmitted to Congress the required HITECH Act document:  Annual Report to Congress on [...]

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OCR Imposes $4.8 million in Financial Penalties on Two Healthcare Organizations to Resolve HIPAA Noncompliance Issues

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, resolution and settlement of HIPAA noncompliance issues resulting from [...]

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OCR Imposes $1,975,220 in Financial Penalties on Two Healthcare Entities to Resolve HIPAA Noncompliance Issues

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, resolution of two instances of stolen unencrypted laptops that [...]

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