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In the most recent issue of Part B News, we offer six preventive steps that can save your data in the event of a ransomware attack. In case you want to be extra-secure, our experts now offer three more. 

Expect no mercy when you have a written policy for encryption, then suffer a breach because you fail to follow it.

Most people who get in trouble for texts do so for sexual material or threats, but Outcome Health will pay $2.9 million for telling patients "Eat a healthy breakfast" and "Plate your food!"

Practices in search of a texting policy should look no further than CMS' guidance to state survey agency directors, published Dec. 28. Even though medical practices aren't required to followed the guidance, doing so will make life easier for clinicians who won't have to remember one rule when they're at the practice and another rule when they are in a facility such as a hospital or an ambulatory surgical center.

You'd think if there were anyone whose health information should be protected, it would be people with HIV. Yet Aetna admits to exposing data indicative of both the HIV status and risk of thousands of its beneficiaries with a poorly designed envelope.


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