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E-Newsletter    April 2024
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Editor's E-Note

Now More Than Ever

A recent cyberattack—called the most significant in history—suggests that the need to improve health care’s cybersecurity couldn’t be more urgent. But even before that event, Health and Human Services issued a concept paper noting an astonishing 93% increase in large breaches reported to the Office for Civil Rights between 2018 and 2022 and a 278% increase in large breaches involving ransomware. The paper outlines four pillars for action, building on the National Cybersecurity Strategy announced in March 2023.

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Enhancing Cybersecurity

Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released a concept paper that outlines the department’s cybersecurity strategy for the health care sector. The concept paper builds on the National Cybersecurity Strategy that President Biden released last year, focusing specifically on strengthening resilience for hospitals, patients, and communities threatened by cyberattacks. The paper details four pillars for action, including publishing new voluntary health care–specific cybersecurity performance goals, working with Congress to develop supports and incentives for domestic hospitals to improve cybersecurity, and increasing accountability and coordination within the health care sector.

According to the HHS Office for Civil Rights, cyber incidents in health care are on the rise. From 2018 to 2022, there has been a 93% increase in large breaches reported to the Office for Civil Rights (369 to 712), with a 278% increase in large breaches involving ransomware. Cyber incidents affecting hospitals and health systems have led to extended care disruptions, patient diversions to other facilities, and delayed medical procedures, all putting patient safety at risk.

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Fighting Denials
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New Rules for Disclosure of Sensitive Records
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This month’s selection:
On our calcium score reports, many times there is only a score and not an impression. Can we code plaques in the heart arteries based on the score alone?

0 = no calcified plaque detected (risk of coronary artery disease is very low—less than 5%)

1-10 = calcium detected in extremely minimal levels (risk of coronary diseases is still low—less than 10%)

11-100 = mild levels of plaque detected with certainty (minimal narrowing of heart arteries is likely)

101-300 = moderate levels of plaque detected (relatively high risk of a heart attack within three to five years)

300-400 = extensive levels of plaque detected (very high risk of heart attack, high levels of vascular disease are present)

Lorraine Oefinger Lopez, RHIT, CCS

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Patient Observation
Collette Health, a provider of virtual patient observation solutions, has expanded its analytics portal, offering the ability to visualize and validate patient safety and virtual observation program performance. The portal offers more than 20 real-time metrics and trends, including falls, proactive interventions, utilizations, and good catches. Learn more »

Fighting Ransomware
ESET offers an e-book, Ransomware: Security Tips for SMBs, showing how you can protect your organization and respond to ransomware in a crisis. Learn more »

Reducing Denials and Boosting Revenue
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