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Ransomware Attacks Delivered Via Phishing Campaigns on the Rise

Please read the latest cybersecurity news about email-based phishing campaigns used to deploy ransomware attacks. Attackers are specifically leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to lure targeted users into clicking the malicious link. Subject lines include “COVID-19 test results” and “virus analyses.” READ MORE 

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Reopening dental practices needs a team approach, ADA president says

Reopening dental practices needs a team approach, ADA president says Written by Gabrielle Masson | April 30, 2020   As some dental practices begin plans to reopen, dentists should be communicating and engaging with their dental team members to address any concerns related to returning to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the American Dental Association. “Good communication is the key to making patients and the dental team comfortable as they return to our offices,” said ADA President Chad Gehani, DDS. “Dental team members who are confident that their office is keeping up with all appropriate prevention measures will convey that confidence to patients.” Dr. Gehani said dental teams should meet via video and discuss key concerns, such as availability of and access to personal protective equipment. Dr. Gehani and his wife, Rekha Gehani, DDS, virtually meet with their team members regularly. “Explain what changes will be made moving forward, and if their job responsibilities will be amended,” the ADA president said. “This crisis underscores how every member of the dental team is important and must be respected for their unique roles,” Dr. Gehani concluded.

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Some Indiana dentists happy to reopen, return to role as ‘masters of sterilization’

Some Indiana dentists happy to reopen, return to role as ‘masters of sterilization’ Clinical Leadership & Infection Control Written by Gabrielle Masson | April 28, 2020Some Indiana dentists are excited to resume elective procedures, despite new processes and regulations to protect patients and staff from COVID-19, according to WSBT. Jeffrey Mader, DDS, says his practice has been preparing for reopening, with staff supplied with gowns and N95 masks. “We’ve been masters of sterilization for 40 years,” Dr. Mader told WSBT. “But now we are just taking it to the next level.” Dr. Mader said the practice is expanding its hours, and that he has the busiest May of his career tentatively planned. His office is prioritizing cases by severity, plans to install a new filtration system and will require patients to wait in their car until their appointment. Daniel Klauer, DDS, is using similar protocols to accommodate patients who need immediate procedures and will screen patients by checking their temperatures before they come in.Both dentists said the added measures should reassure patients that dental offices are safe places.

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HHS Alert: Phony Emails

Watch out for fake Office of Civil Rights investigators, hospitals warned HHS alerted hospitals and health systems of someone posing as an Office for Civil Rights (OCR) investigator to get patient health information, the American Hospital Association warned. In a notice last week, the association said HIPAA-covered entities should notify their staff. All OCR investigators have email addresses end with @hhs.gov. If staff receive a phony email, they should ask for a confirming email from the hhs.gov email account. The OCR has halted many investigations. In March, President Donald Trump announced that his administration would not be enforcing HIPAA penalties.

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HHS Alert: Phony Emails

Watch out for fake Office of Civil Rights investigators, hospitals warned HHS alerted hospitals and health systems of someone posing as an Office for Civil

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HHS Gives Dental Practice Posting PHI on Yelp a Bad Review

Practice
Must Pay a $10,000 HIPAA Settlement

A dental practice in Texas that responded to patients’ Yelp
reviews by disclosing patient names and other health information has gotten a
bad review from federal regulators: A $10,000 HIPAA monetary settlement and a
corrective action plan.

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Smaller Breaches Being Scrutinized

While some leaders have speculated that OCR has lessened its enforcement of HIPAA, Beazley finds the agency has remained active and smaller breaches are increasingly being scrutinized.

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