CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield on Wednesday announced that it was the target of a cyberattack that compromised information of about 1.1 million current and former consumers, as well as individuals who conducted business with the company online.
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield on Wednesday announced that it was the target of a cyberattack that compromised information of about 1.1 million current and former consumers, as well as individuals who conducted business with the company online. The attack was discovered last month during information technology security efforts conducted in the wake of other recent high-profile cyberattacks on fellow payers Anthem and Premera discovered earlier this year.
Since the 2009 formation of a partnership between the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services dubbed "HEAT"--the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team--raids on medical practices are a regular occurrence, and several large-scale "nationwide takedowns" have resulted in coordinated, simultaneous office raids from coast to coast.
Remember Florida Healthcare Plus, the managed care company that looked like it had a shot at redemption following an FBI raid and fraud arrests? Turns out that won't be the case.
Those who read about the 11 south Florida residents charged with defrauding Medicare for more than $25 million were probably just as horrified as the FBI to learn about the details of a case that used more than 1,200 expatriates to fraudulently collect Medicare reimbursement.
From upcoding to kickbacks to sales scam accusations, recent news clusters around a theme of executive involvement in proven and allegfed healthcare fraud.
New risks have upped the ante for HIPAA security and privacy officers and increased fines have many on edge. Particularly in the aftermath of the Community Health Systems (CHS) breach, which put 4.5 million patient records at risk across 29 states and 206 hospitals, last year's risk assessments look woefully inadequate for many healthcare systems and practices. What's worrying privacy and security officers this year?
Fallout continues to expand in the wake of the Community Health Systems breach reported last month, with a federal legislator calling for an investigation into the matter.
Hackers likely used the computer bug Heartbleed to gain access to the data of about 4.5 million patients at Community Health Systems--and the FBI is warning other hospitals they could be at risk, too, Reuters reports.
FierceHealthIT recently spoke with Mac McMillan, chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Policy Task Force and CEO of IT security consulting firm CynergisTek, about the current state of healthcare security. In part 1 of this two-part interview, McMillan discusses what he thinks hospital CIOs need to focus on.