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Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at HHS Statement

March 18th, 2020

Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications during the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

March 9th, 2020

MedSafe has been working with our clients for over 25 years to help provide a safe environment for your employees and patients. This continues to be one of our daily objectives.

The Coronavirus has and probably will continue to receive tremendous media coverage that will create a great deal of questions and concerns.


Report: Most Common Cyberattacks Faced by Healthcare Organizations

February 13th, 2020

A recent report from Proofpoint provides insights into the most common attacks faced by healthcare organizations. To help better understand the evolving cyberthreat landscape, the report analyzed a year of cyberattacks against healthcare providers, pharmaceutical and life sciences organizations, and health insurers between 2018-2019.


HHS Notice Regarding Individuals’ Right of Access to Health Records

February 5th, 2020

On January 28, 2020, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a notice regarding legislative modifications made to the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule of 2013.


BULLETIN: HIPAA Privacy and Novel Coronavirus

February 4th, 2020

In light of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is providing this bulletin to ensure that HIPAA covered entities and their business associates are aware of the ways that patient information may be shared under the HIPAA Privacy Rule in an outbreak of infectious disease or other emergency situation, and to serve as a reminder that the protections of the Privacy Rule are not set aside during an emergency.


Emergency Directive to Mitigate Windows Vulnerabilities

January 20th, 2020

The US Department of Health and Human Services just released an emergency directive to notify the Health and Public Health Sector of significant vulnerabilities identified in the Microsoft Windows Operating Systems.


Protect Your Organization from Cyberterrorism!

January 6th, 2020

Cyberterrorism is on the rise, and this includes phishing attacks. According to a recent report from Verizon, 90% of all data breaches are linked to phishing attacks. With the average cost of a successful phishing attack for a medium-sized business totalling $1.6 million, it is critical to ensure employees are educated on how to identify these scams before they cause catastrophic damage.


‘Tis the Season for Phishing

December 16th, 2019

As the holiday season draws near, MedSafe urges healthcare organizations and employees to be aware of online scams. Phishing attacks are on the rise with the highest rates since 2016, according to the Phishing Activity Trends Report.


Is Texting HIPAA Compliant?

December 3rd, 2019

Is texting HIPAA compliant? The answer to this question is not as simple as it may seem. With more and more medical professionals relying on their personal mobile devices for communication, texting has become a significant challenge for healthcare organizations nationwide. Whether or not texting is HIPAA compliant largely depends upon what is texted, who is texted, and what mechanisms are in place to ensure the integrity of Protected Health Information (PHI).


10 HIPAA Breach Costs Healthcare Organizations Should Be Aware Of

November 14th, 2019

HIPAA Breaches can cost healthcare organizations millions. Healthcare data breaches typically cost more than data breaches in any other industry. In fact, the average cost of a healthcare data breach in the United States is $15 million.


Understanding HIPAA Right of Access- A Patient’s Right to Access their Medical Records

October 15th, 2019

According to a recent study there has been widespread noncompliance with the HIPAA right of access. In fact, more than half of the providers that were assessed in this report were either not fully compliant with the HIPAA law or it took multiple attempts before becoming compliant. (1)


What is Considered PHI Under HIPAA?

September 30th, 2019

PHI stands for Protected Health Information. According to the HIPAA Privacy Rule, protected health information is identifiable information related to the present, past, or future health status of a patient. It includes all personal health information that is created, collected, transmitted or maintained by a HIPAA-covered entity concerning the provision of healthcare or payment for healthcare services.


Direct Liability of Business Associates for HIPAA Noncompliance

September 3rd, 2019

According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), business associates of HIPAA covered entities may be held liable for noncompliance of certain HIPAA rules and requirements. HHS has provided the following list of HIPAA violations that business associates can be held fully liable.


Average Cost of a Data Breach

August 20th, 2019

A recent report published by The Poneman Institute/IBM Security released a comprehensive analysis of data breaches reported in 2018. The report indicated that data breach costs have continued to increase, with healthcare organizations experiencing the costliest cases.


HIPAA Breach- 60 Days to Report a Breach

July 29th, 2019

The month of April proved to be a busy one for cyberterrorists, with reportedly more breaches than any previous month. The increasing rates of healthcare breaches continued in May, resulting in the exposure of almost 2 million individuals’ protected health information. So far this year, more than 6 million healthcare records have been exposed, which is more than half of the number of records exposed in 2018.


Needs Attention: New HIPAA Survey Questions Available On 8/1/19

July 22nd, 2019

In order to provide the most current and complete compliance policies and procedures, MedSafe is updating the HIPAA trainings and online HIPAA manuals including new policies and procedures. This change will go into effect on 8/1/2019. Due to these updates, after logging in after August 1st, you will notice new questions that will need to be answered in the HIPAA section of your Survey app. Please review these questions; which will each be clearly labeled as NEW 8/1/19; and type in your answers. Once you have filled in your answers, the HIPAA training and manual is updated automatically with this information. If you do not have our online manuals and would like to purchase please let us know.


HIPAA and Social Media

July 8th, 2019

In today’s social media era, companies all over the world benefit from the ease of using social networks to communicate quickly and efficiently with their customers. Although slower to adopt, the healthcare industry has also joined the social media craze.


National Safety Month: Part 2

June 24th, 2019

20 statistics that stress the importance of safety awareness and prevention at home and in the workplace.


AMCA Data Breach Effects Over 20 million Patients

June 14th, 2019

American Medical Collections Agency (AMCA), a company that provides billing collection services to healthcare organizations, confirmed that sometime between August 2018 and March 2019, an unauthorized user accessed its web payment system which included several healthcare clients and held millions of patient’s information.


National Safety Month

June 3rd, 2019

June is National Safety Month, join MedSafe in bringing awareness to the importance of ensuring healthcare safety in the workplace!


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