OCR Issues Guidance for Providers and Individuals Following Supreme Court Decision on Roe v. Wade

President Biden and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra recently called on HHS agencies to take action to protect access to sexual and reproductive health care, which includes abortion, pregnancy complications, and other related care, following the decision of the Supreme Court in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The… Read More »

Multiple Email Accounts Compromised at Covenant Care California and Bergen’s Promise

Aliso Viejo-based Covenant Care California, an operator of skilled nursing facilities and a provider of home health services in California and Nevada, has announced that an unauthorized third party has gained access to its email system, and potentially viewed or obtained electronic protected health information. Suspicious activity was detected in an employee’s email account in… Read More »

GAO: HHS Should Establish Mechanism for Obtaining Feedback on HIPAA Data Breach Reporting Process

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) establish a feedback mechanism to improve the effectiveness of its data breach reporting process. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, called for the Secretary of… Read More »

Multiple Class Action Lawsuits Filed Against MCG Health Over Data Breach

Multiple class action lawsuits have been filed against the Seattle-based Hearst Health subsidiary, MCG Health, over a data breach that has affected at least 10 healthcare organizations including Indiana University Health, Lenoir Health Care, Phelps Health, and Jefferson County Health Center. The data breach was reported to the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights on June… Read More »

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Warning Issued About 3 High-Severity Vulnerabilities in OFFIS DICOM Software

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued a security advisory for the healthcare and public health sector warning about three high-severity vulnerabilities in OFFIS DCMTK software. The software is used for examining, constructing, and converting DICOM image files, handling offline media, and sending and receiving images over a network connection. The vulnerabilities affect… Read More »

Podium Confirmed as HIPAA Compliant

Podium, a Lehi, UT-based Software-as-a-Service company that provides business text messaging solutions for local businesses, has achieved HIPAA compliance with Compliancy Group. Podium is redefining the way patients interact with their local healthcare businesses. Through Podium’s robust business text messaging platform, healthcare organizations can text patient leads and current patients, leverage bulk texting for providing… Read More »

American Data Privacy and Protection Act Establishes GDPR-like Federal Data Privacy and Protection Standards

Earlier this month, a draft bipartisan bicameral bill was introduced that seeks federal data privacy and protection regulations, which would replace the current patchwork of data privacy laws in different U.S. states. The American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA) was introduced by Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone, (D-NJ), Ranking Member Cathy McMorris… Read More »

5 Security Breaches Reported in Which PHI was Potentially Compromised

Patient Information Potentially Compromised in Atrium Health Phishing Attack A phishing incident has been reported by Charlotte, NC-based Atrium Health that exposed the protected health information of 6,695 patients who used its home health service, Atrium Health at Home. On April 7, 2022, an employee responded to a phishing email and disclosed credentials for an… Read More »