June 13, 2017. On June7, 2017, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a Report of an audit of incentive payments to eligible providers (EPs) for adoption and meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology, entitled: Medicare Paid Hundreds of Millions in Electronic Health Record Incentive Payments That Did Not Comply With Federal Requirements. The Report describes how the audit was conducted:
June 12, 2017. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published on June 8, 2017 via its SecurityList “OCR Quick Response Cyber Attack Checklist and Graphic.” The Checklist is entitled: My entity just experienced a cyber-attack! What do we do now? – A Quick-Response Checklist from the HHS, Office for Civil Rights (OCR).
June 12, 2017. On Friday, June 2, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry, an outcome of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. In its blog, HHS stated: “Today, the [Health Care Industry Cybersecurity] Task Force issued their findings to Congress that demonstrate the urgency and complexity of the ever-changing cybersecurity risks facing the healthcare industry. Their report emphasizes that healthcare cybersecurity issues are patient safety issues, and calls for a collaborative public and private sector effort to protect our healthcare systems and patients from cyber threats.”
June 6, 2017. On May 30, 2017, the Portland, OR office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a news release entitled: FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense with an Email Fortress. The news release provides recommendations for your organization to harden its email system to prevent it from being a defenseless gateway for phishing attempts inducing your workforce members to execute malware on what appear to be legitimate email communications. We present below the recommendations, but recommend that your organization download the news release and circulate the news release with the FBI imprimatur in your organization to call attention to this important matter for foiling successful cyber phishing attempts to penetrate your organization’s information systems.
June 4, 2017. On June 2, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an update entitled: Emergency Preparedness Rule that revises certain downloadable Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) pertaining to the September 16, 2016, Final Rule entitled: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers published in the Federal Register. The preceding June 1, 2017, post describes the 17 providers and suppliers required to achieve compliance with the provisions of the Final Rule by November 15, 2017. Here are Questions (Q) and Answers (A) marked as “revised June 2017” in this update:
June 1, 2017. On September 16, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published in the Federal Register the Final Rule entitled: “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers.” Here is the Summary of the Final Rule, as published: