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Reporting risk factors started in earnest in 2005 when the SEC introduced a new section in annual 10-K reports for organizations to discuss the “most significant factors that make the company speculative or risky.” Specifically, publicly traded companies were required to include qualitative disclosures of risk factors and to update that information quarterly with […]

By |December 27th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

OCR is using audits to find risks and vulnerabilities that might not otherwise be known.

Recently at the Privacy & Security Forum, senior advisor Linda Sanches discussed what the OCR will be looking for in the upcoming on-site 2017 audits. Although the likelihood that your organization will be selected are slim, (fewer than the 205 desk audits conducted in 2016), the OCR is hoping to identify risks and vulnerabilities […]

By |December 14th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Hybrids Beware! You are on OCR’s Radar.

OCR just announced a settlement agreement with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for a breach of records at its Center for Language, Speech, and Hearing, which was not designated as a covered health care component in its hybridization. UMass is the third hybrid entity in the 43 enforcement actions listed on the HHS website that has […]

By |November 23rd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

It’s All About Risk Management! OCR Release Guidance on Ransomware – “Your Money or Your PHI”

The Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) released guidance on July 11, 2016 regarding ransomware and HIPAA. This guidance outlines activities supported by HIPAA that will assist Covered Entities and Business Associated in either preventing or quickly responding to ransomware attacks. To illustrate, the guidance calls for:

Implementing a security management process, including conducting a risk analysis […]

By |August 2nd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

What Happened to Meaningful Use Stage 3? Become Familiar With The Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA)

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) says Meaningful Use (MU) will live on in MACRA. If you thought Stage 3 of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program was being consigned to the regulatory ether given the newly proposed Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) rule, time for some new thinking.

CMS […]

By |July 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cyber Contagions Knock Out Hospital Systems — Prompting Triaging of Cybersecurity to Code Red Status

Typically, when hospitals declare emergencies, it’s for incoming patients—not their own internal computer systems. But, in March 2016, Methodist Hospital in Henderson, Kentucky, declared an emergency.

After being hit by a ransomware infection, the hospital placed a scrolling red alert on its homepage stating: “Methodist Hospital is currently working in an Internal State of Emergency due […]

By |July 19th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Exclusive Webinar for American Hospital Association (AHA) Members

On July 27th, 2016, OCR HIPAA investigator will share insider’s view of Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Phase 2 Audit readiness

OCR allows 10 days to respond to a Phase 2 audit request. Are there still gaps in your HIPAA compliance program?   

Similar to Phase 1, the Phase 2 audit protocol includes a comprehensive review of […]

By |July 12th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Clearwater Compliance Prepares to Unveil a New Version of IRM|Pro™ Software Suite

Not Just Another Pretty Face!

Within a few weeks, Clearwater will be unveiling new versions of our IRM|Analysis™, IRM|Security™, and IRM|Privacy™ software products designed with enhanced workflow and streamlined efficiency in mind.

The abundance of content and features contained within our suite of advanced, powerful software tools have evolved to the point that we wanted to provide […]

By |June 30th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Studies Show CEOs Unwilling to Take Responsibility for Cybersecurity

Who’s Responsible for Cybersecurity? Industry Searches for Clear Answers

We’re now living in what has been called the “era of the mega breach.” Globally, businesses are estimated to lose $445 billion annually due to cybercrime, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. What’s more, the overall threat landscape has evolved significantly with respect to […]

By |June 22nd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Preview : A Simpler And Better Alternative To The HITRUST Mandate For Third Party Risk Management In Healthcare

Guest post contributed by: Kamal Govindaswamy CISSP, CIPP/US, CCSP   Principal, RisknCompliance Consulting Group

I have written my opinion about HITRUST CSF/RMF and the HITRUST certification mandate starting with my first open letter to the HITRUST Alliance last fall, and subsequently – second and third letters.

More recently, I have been thinking about an alternative approach to […]

By |June 16th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments