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Alert: Postcard Disguised as Official OCR Communication

Alert: Postcard Disguised as Official OCR Communication August 6, 2020 OCR has been made aware of postcards being sent to health care organizations disguised as official OCR communications, claiming to be notices of a mandatory HIPAA compliance risk assessment.  The postcards have a Washington, D.C. return address, and the sender uses the title “Secretary of …

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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 …

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Over 41.4M Patient Records Breached in 2019, as Hacking Jumped 49%

The Protenus Breach Barometer shows over 41.4 million patient records were exposed by 572 security incidents in 2019, while hacking incidents surged and insider-related events decreased. By Jessica Davis February 19, 2020 – More than 41.4 million patient records were breached by 572 healthcare data breaches in 2019, as hacking surged. And it’s likely those …

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