Federal Court Finds Cybersecurity Covered in General Liability Insurance

Breaking with two state court rulings, a federal appeals court found that a commercial general liability policy (CGL) may cover a data breach.  In a case involving the publication of medical records on the Internet, the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of ... [Continue Reading]

Medicare Punishes Hospitals for Aggressive Screenings

Medicare is cutting payments to 758 hospitals, including nearly half of the nation's academic medical centers, in an attempt to promote patient safety. Since the Affordable Care Act became law in 2008, Medicare has refused to reimburse hospitals for ... [Continue Reading]

Are California’s New Data Security Guidelines a Road to More Lawsuits?

There's a debate raging over new data security standards endorsed by the California attorney general’s office.   Some experts believe the law is an effective shield against cyber-attacks while others see it as a recipe for lawsuits.   The law ... [Continue Reading]

Healthcare Apps Face Growing Pains to Reach Potential

Technology and healthcare are blending at record pace, with more than 165,000 apps involving health and wellness available for download.  Experts see almost unlimited potential, but regulation typically lags innovation which could harm ... [Continue Reading]

Why Understanding Cybersecurity is Critical for Hospital Boards

With hospitals adding more Internet-connected medical devices and systems, they are also adding new entry points for hackers. That's why hospital boards need to ensure they have an understanding of their role in cybersecurity including necessary ... [Continue Reading]

Hospitals Remain Easy Targets for Hackers

A cyber attack that crippled Washington, DC-area healthcare provider MedStar this week is another reminder of vulnerabilities that hospitals face. The MedStar attack came a month after a Los Angeles hospital paid hackers $17,000 to regain control of ... [Continue Reading]

Ransomware Hack Infects Two More Southern California Hospitals

Two more hospitals in Southern California were attacked by hackers using ransomware, a software program that encrypts and locks data on a computer.   Servers were disrupted last week at Chino Valley Medical Center in Chino and Desert Valley ... [Continue Reading]