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August 5, 2019

A Kansas-based hospital has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle allegations that it submitted false claims to Medicare and Medicaid for incentive payments for meaningfully using electronic health records, according to the Department of Justice.

The lawsuit, as reported by ...

July 16, 2019

The cost of ransomware attacks across all sectors exponentially increased during the second quarter of 2019, with ransom payments rising 184 percent to $36,295 from $12,762 during the second quarter, according to a Coveware analysis.

Coveware’s Q2 Ransomware Marketplace...

July 15, 2019

A hacker gained access to an emailed discussion about upstate NY patients who missed a health screening, leading to a massive breach-of-data warning.

About 25,000 patients were on a “gap in care” spreadsheet, identified in a variety of ways. Some were named with their b...

July 11, 2019

It is a brand-new world when it comes to data privacy and security. New regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) have joined PCI-DSS, HIPAA, and more than 25,000 other cybersecurity regulations passed...

July 1, 2019

A phishing scam targeting Health Quest employees may have resulted in the leak of patient information, according to a notice from the health care provider. Health Quest is a Hudson Valley, NY-based entity of integrated hospitals and health care providers.

John Nelson, d...

June 18, 2019

Indiana-based Medical Informatics Engineering has reached a $900,000 settlement in the country's first federal multistate lawsuit, stemming from its health data breach impacting 3.5 million patients in 2015, according to HealthITSecurity.

The settlement comes just days...

June 10, 2019

Columbia, S.C.-based Palmetto Health, now known as Prisma Health, was targeted in a phishing attack that may have compromised the information of 23,000 patients, according to the HIPAA Journal.

Emails were sent to hospital employees containing a malicious link. If emplo...

June 7, 2019

Quest Diagnostics, one of the biggest blood testing providers in the country, warned Monday that nearly 12 million of its customers may have had personal, financial and medical information breached due to an issue with one of its vendors, as reported by News12 Long Isl...

June 4, 2019

Many Business Associates think that by simply signing a Business Associate Agreement (BAA), they are automatically compliant with HIPAA regulations. But a BAA is just the beginning. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued a new fact sheet that provides a clear...

May 30, 2019

Health care professionals prescribing health apps should only recommend those apps that have demonstrated secure data transmission behaviors. The majority of the top-ranked mental apps for depression and smoking cessation share data with third-parties without accuratel...