December 27, 2016. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published in December a NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-184 entitled: Guide for Cybersecurity Event Recovery, an important resource for healthcare covered entities and business associates for risk mitigation planning.
December 23, 2016. On the last workday before the Christmas holiday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published in the Federal Register its Semiannual Regulatory Agenda. In Summary, the Agenda states: “The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 and Executive Order (E.O.) 12866 require the semiannual issuance of an inventory of rulemaking actions under development throughout the Department, offering for public review summarized information about forthcoming regulatory actions.”
December 12, 2016. On Monday, December 12, 2016, Version 4.1 of the HIPAA Integrity® Safeguard Compliance Tool Package officially is launched for download on www.HIPAAIntegrity.com, and beginning in January 2017, will be available in a hard copy USB version on Amazon Business Prime.
December 8, 2016. The National Institute of Standards and Technology has published a new Interagency Report, dated November 2016, entitled: Dramatically Reducing Software Vulnerabilities: Report to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, that has implications for achieving safeguard compliance in healthcare. The Report highlights the importance of risk analysis, which serves as the foundation in HIPAA and Meaningful Use healthcare privacy and security policies of identifying threats and vulnerabilities to electronic protected health information and mitigating them by implementing a security management program. The Report states: