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SuperStorm Sandy Lessons Learned

Cleanup from SuperStorm Sandy is still taking place, but here are a few lessons that have already been learned by those who experienced the storm. Personal safety is always number […]

HIPAA Enforcement TAKES OFF!

No one thought that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would go after a small medical practice until a 5-doctor cardiac practice in Phoenix paid a $ […]

Risk Assessment in Practice: new ERM thought paper

Recognizing the evolving nature of enterprise risk management (ERM) in recent years, COSO has released a new thought paper entitled ‘Risk Assessment in Practice’. Authored by representatives from Deloitte, this […]

Meaningful Use Audits to begin

Some physicians who have received a meaningful use incentive check for adopting electronic health records may have received another piece of mail recently from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid […]

Mass. Eye & Ear Hospital pays $1.5 million HIPAA penalty for stolen laptop

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Associates Inc. (collectively referred to as “MEEI”) has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) […]

Alaska pays $1.7 million HIPAA penalty for lost hard drive

Alaska settles HIPAA security case for $1,700,000 The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) $1,700,000 […]

HHS settles case with Phoenix Cardiac Surgery for lack of HIPAA safeguards

Phoenix Cardiac Surgery, P.C., of Phoenix and Prescott, Arizona, has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) a $100,000 settlement and take corrective action to […]

Federal Communications Commission reports that generator fuel supply is becoming a critical issue for business continuity post-Sandy

The US Federal Communications Commission has warned that business continuity strategies of communications companies in areas of the north eastern United States most impacted by Hurricane Sandy are in jeopardy […]

"Even though I serve both as the county IT director and the HIPAA Security Officer, I would not have been able to identify some of the issues you uncovered. As an outside organization you were able to gather information objectively, and offer a perspective I could not have gotten using internal resources. Your certifications in HIPAA and Security enabled you to ask the right questions, and relate your findings directly to the HIPAA rules."
Ken Peaslee, Director, Information Technology
County of Steuben, NY