Ban on HHS Funding a National Patient Identifier System Removed by House of Representatives
Aug06

Ban on HHS Funding a National Patient Identifier System Removed by House of Representatives

The House of Representatives has voted to remove the ban on the Department of Health and Human Services using federal funds to create a national patient identifier system. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) mandated the creation of a national patient identifier system. As the name indicates, a national patient identifier system would see each person in the United States issued with a permanent, unique...

Read More
PHI of Customers Stolen in Looting Incidents at Cub Pharmacies
Aug03

PHI of Customers Stolen in Looting Incidents at Cub Pharmacies

A pharmacy network has revealed the protected health information of some of its customers has been illegally taken by looters in late May during the period of civil unrest. From May 27-30, 2020, 8 Cub pharmacies in the Minneapolis area were broken into and items were taken such as paperwork containing the protected health information of its customers. Items taken from the clinic included locked safes that contained credit card...

Read More
Sarrell Regional Dental Center Ransomware Legal Action Thrown Out by Federal Judge
Jul24

Sarrell Regional Dental Center Ransomware Legal Action Thrown Out by Federal Judge

A legal action filed against Sarrell Regional Dental Center for Public Health Inc. in relation to a July 2019 ransomware attack has been thrown out by a Federal judge due to a lack of standing. Sarrell was able to bounce back from the attack and restore its computer systems and data without meeting the ransom demand, although the dental center was forced to shut down for a period of two weeks while its systems were restored. No proof...

Read More
Does Amazon Web Services Comply with HIPAA?
Jul16

Does Amazon Web Services Comply with HIPAA?

Under the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, all providers of a product or service that ‘touches’ PHI are deemed to be business associates and are required to comply with HIPAA Rules. That means appropriate safeguards must be implemented to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of any PHI that is available through their products or services. Any healthcare entity or vendor obligated to comply...

Read More
Healthcare Fiscal Management Ransomware Attack Impacts Up to 58,000 People
Jul14

Healthcare Fiscal Management Ransomware Attack Impacts Up to 58,000 People

The Wilmington, NC-based provider of self-pay conversion and insurance eligibility services to hospitals, clinics and physician groups, Healthcare Fiscal Management Inc. (HFMI), has revealed that is was hit by a ransomware attack in which the personal and protected health information of patients of St. Mary’s Health Care System in Athens, GA may have been accessed or obtained by cybercriminals. An unauthorized person obtained access...

Read More