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Data breaches – to prepare or not to prepare? The answ...

All data breaches have two things in common: the need for prompt resolution and the need for a robust preparedness plan....

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A billion dollar crime that needs an urgent response...

According to Ponemon Institute’s Second Annual Survey on Medical Identity Theft, we estimate that more than 1.49 million Americans have been targeted by this crime. With an average cost per victim of $20,663 the total national economic impact of medical identity theft crimes is more than $30 b...

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Consumers yawn at healthcare fraud...

Today's headlines trumpet yet another high-profile medical data breach, this time through Health Net. This corporate catastrophe reminds us of the increasing hazard of medical fraud, which is the most expensive and time consuming to resolve of all types of identity theft . The second annual National Study on...

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Develop a data breach response plan now to be ready to...

The proliferation of state data breach notification laws, substantive state information security laws (such as the Massachusetts data security standards), and FTC and private lawsuits on information security matters has led to heightened attention to information security in both IT budgets and staffing and in terms of legal resources....

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Data security law in 2011: States remain the center o...

While state laws requiring “reasonable” data security have had a positive impact, data breach notification laws have had the most profound effect on the improvement of data security. These laws have motivated companies – through negative incentives – to improve data security to avoid publicity, embarrassment, and the risk...

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Stopping healthcare fraud with tools used in other ind...

A few weeks ago I discussed a few preventative measures a healthcare business can implement to protect itself from the damages of medical fraud.  However, the fight against medical fraud requires support from many groups, including the U.S. Government.  Bringing new tools to the fight, the Obama Administration recently...

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What a healthcare business can do to prevent medical f...

Medical fraud is occurring at an alarming rate and is expected to cost the US healthcare system $100 billion a year.  Medical fraudsters vary in their sophistication and range from organized crime organizations to individuals preying on senior citizens.  For example, one crime syndicate stole the identities of doctors...

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Ensuring compliance with new healthcare legislation...

Legislation has been introduced in Congress to crack down on Medicare and Medicaid fraud. This legislation comes at a time when incidents of medical fraud are on the rise and the Obama Administration is poised to role out sweeping healthcare reform.  Medical fraud is estimated to cost the U.S....

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Help your customers protect their PHI...

Recently I addressed the importance of having plans in place to protect personal health information in light of the sharp increase in healthcare data breaches. Unfortunately, research studies are finding that incidents of fraud resulting from exposed healthcare data are on the...

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Do your business associates know how they will be affe...

Just as the healthcare industry came up to speed on the regulations defined in The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health ("HITECH") Act, additional modifications are being proposed. These proposed rules focus on expanding obligations and penalties for covered entities (CEs) to now include business associates (BAs)....

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Warning: Medical data breaches are on the rise...

According to a recent study by the Identity Theft Resource Center, data breaches in the healthcare sector are occurring at a higher rate than in other industries. The study found that of the 385 data breaches that occurred in the U.S. in the first half of 2010, 30% of...

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