OIG Work Plan Prioritizes Cybersecurity as Cases Rise

Last October, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)issued a joint cybersecurity advisory regarding ransomware activity targeting the healthcare and public health sector. In it, the agency said it had “credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals…

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OSHA Issues COVID-19 Standards for Healthcare Workers

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It took six months, from the time President Joseph Biden issued an Executive Order, until the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) acted, but on June 10, the agency announced the issuance of an emergency temporary standard (ETS) to protect healthcare workers from contracting COVID-19. Those who work in healthcare settings…

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Clinical Lab Settles HIPAA Violation Case

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A Georgia-based clinical laboratory recently agreed to pay $25,000 to The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule.   That rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ electronic personal health information (PHI) that…

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