The leading causes for breaches and attacks on healthcare organizations Ponemon identified are (in order of severity): theft, employee negligence and malware. The biggest vulnerability for each of the past four years: Lost and stolen computers and paper files.
Protected health information breaches for long-term care facilities will migrate from accidental human-caused problems to outsiders gunning for valuable intelligence, one compliance expert predicted Tuesday.
Many providers don't realize the general insurance policy they have in place may not cover HIPAA fines or additional costs. In fact, many policies specifically exclude the sorts of fines and expenses detailed above. My first piece of advice? Begin inquiring about your current insurance coverage.
The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will expand Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act enforcement efforts in the next two years, according to OCR Director Leon Rodriguez.