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October 1, 2019 — HIPAA Secure Now! today announced its commitment to National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), held annually in October, by signing up as a Champion and joining a growing global effort to promote the awareness of online safety and privacy. NCSAM is a collaborative effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals committed to this year’s NCSAM theme of ‘Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.’ which encourages everyone to #BeCyberSmart through cybersecurity best practices.

We are thrilled to be participating in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month as a 2019 Champion. We strive to provide our clients with the knowledge needed to not only detect cybersecurity risks but to combat them as well. This October, we are putting extensive focus on the importance of cybersecurity in hopes that it will make a lasting impact on our clients and our community all year long,” said HIPAA Secure Now! CEO, Art Gross.

Now in its 16th year, NCSAM continues to build momentum and impact with the ultimate goal of providing all Americans with the information they need to stay safer and more secure online. HIPAA Secure Now! is proud to support this far-reaching online safety awareness and education initiative which is co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the  Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Cybersecurity is important to the success of all businesses and organizations. NCSA is proud to have such a strong and active community helping to encourage proactive behavior and prioritize cybersecurity in their organizations,” said Kelvin Coleman, executive director, NCSA.

For more information about NCSAM 2019 and how to participate in a wide variety of activities, visit staysafeonline.org/ncsam. You can also follow and use the official NCSAM hashtag #BeCyberSmart on social media throughout the month.

About HIPAA Secure Now!

Since 2010 HIPAA Secure Now! has been dedicated to helping clients protect protected health information, reduce the likelihood of a data breach and comply with HIPAA regulations. The company delivers comprehensive, affordable security and compliance solutions to healthcare practices and business associates.

HIPAA Secure Now’s unique combination of employee training, security assessments, policies and procedures – combined with financial protection and breach response services makes the company a leader in the HIPAA Compliance and Cybersecurity market, serving small and medium-sized healthcare practices and business associates. 

About National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public- and private-sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Since the Presidential proclamation establishing NCSAM in 2004, the initiative has been formally recognized by Congress, federal, state and local governments and leaders from industry and academia. This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer and more resilient and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come. For more information, visit staysafeonline.org/ncsam or niccs.us-cert.gov/national-cybersecurity-awareness-month-2019.

About NCSA

NCSA is the nation’s leading nonprofit, public-private partnership promoting cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness. NCSA works with a broad array of stakeholders in government, industry and civil society. NCSA’s core efforts include National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (October); Data Privacy Day (Jan. 28); STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™, the global online safety awareness and education campaign co-founded by NCSA and the Anti-Phishing Working Group. For more information on NCSA, please visit https://staysafeonline.org/about/.

Congress may be poised to roll back the Affordable Care Act, but HIPAA and MACRA, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid’s (CMS) new model for reimbursements, are as certain to remain as death and taxes.  Moreover, MACRA and HIPAA go hand in hand.  Physicians cannot participate in MACRA, which went into effect on January 1, 2017, without performing a security risk assessment (SRA) and making sure patient health information is protected. However, even if a physician is not participating, HIPAA compliance, including the essential SRA, is still a legal requirement.

MACRA is one of those rare laws that passed with bipartisan support from Republicans and Democrats in Congress, which ensures that it will continue under the current administration.  Under MACRA, medical reimbursements are directly tied to the Triple Aim of providing better care, at lower costs and improving health, all in an effort to move to value-based care.

Fees and reimbursements paid to physicians will be scored based on performance and quality metrics care, using the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). To achieve 25 percent of the MIPS score, for example, medical practices must use a certified EHR system with a set of measures that show how it’s used in their day-to-day practice, and with a particular emphasis on increased interoperability between their EHR and electronic information exchange with patients.

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Worldwide Business

 

Tune in to Fox Business Network as sponsored programming and Bloomberg International on Sunday, June 26, 2016. See market-by-market listings below.

Los Angeles, CA – June 23, 2016 — Secure Now! President/CEO Art Gross will soon appear on the award-winning, global TV show, Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®. Gross will share his expertise in the small and mid-sized business security market.

Secure Now! is a Morristown, New Jersey-based security company. Its goal is to help clients identify their risks of a data breach, and then to help those clients lower their chances of dealing with a breach.

Gross will discuss how Secure Now! was created. He explains that, in 2010, it began simply as a HIPAA Secure Now! service, which focused solely on medical practices. HIPAA Secure Now! helped these practices protect sensitive patient information and comply with HIPAA regulations. In 2014, Secure Now! branched out and began operating in the legal and financial service industries as well. Secure Now! helped these companies protect themselves and their data.

Gross says that data protection is more important now than ever before. He explains, “Since 2005, there have been almost one trillion records breached. Criminals realize that many businesses are ill-prepared to defend against sophisticated attacks. Businesses need to take steps to identify their weaknesses, implement additional security to address those weaknesses and prepare to respond and survive if a data breach does occur.”

Today, Secure Now! helps 3,000 customers in all 50 states ensure that their data is protected and secure.

JL Haber, Vice President of Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®, is thrilled to feature Secure Now! He says, “Secure Now! offers an amazing suite of data security products and services unlike any other company. This has helped Secure Now! become recognized as a leader in the security world. We couldn’t be more proud to feature Secure Now! on our show.”

For more information about data security and protection, visit TrustSecureNow.com.

Tune in to see Secure Now! on Fox Business Network as sponsored programming on June 26, 2016 at 5:30pm ET and Bloomberg International  at 8:30am CET, 10:30am CDT D.F. and 3:00pm HKT.

About Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®

Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® is a weekly business television program featuring real-world insights from corporate executives all over the globe. It can be viewed on Fox Business Network as part of their sponsored programming lineup, as well as internationally to more than 50 countries on Bloomberg International.

 

Visit tvwwb.com for detailed airing schedules—or check your local listings.

Publication: Medical Economics

Until you’ve opened a letter from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) notifying you that your practice is being audited for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance, you won’t realize the gravity of the situation.

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Publication: AAOS

Headlines about data breaches draw attention to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s (HIPAA) Security Rule. However, its companion—the HIPAA Privacy Rule—is just as important.

Although the two rules work hand-in-hand, they are based on different concepts. The Security Rule oversees the mechanisms used to protect the privacy of electronic patient health information (ePHI), while the Privacy Rule focuses on the use and disclosure of that information. It is meant to ensure that PHI is properly protected while still allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high quality health care and to protect the public’s health and well-being. 

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Publication: Medical Economics

Until you’ve opened a letter from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) notifying you that your practice is being audited for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance, you won’t realize the gravity of the situation. 

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Publication: CRN

The challenge, Gross said, is that many health-care organizations are still taking the “it can’t happen to me” attitude toward security. On a smaller scale relative to many of the health-care breaches so far this year, Gross said that he hopes the Excellus incident will alert smaller insurance and medical companies that hackers aren’t just targeting the biggest providers anymore. 

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Publication: Physicans Practice

But just like a negative restaurant review on Yelp can hurt customer patronage and the restaurant’s reputation, one practice that commits a HIPAA violation can affect the entire group, and result in an expensive fine, cause distrust among patients, and in extreme cases, the data breach can lead to medical identity theft.

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Publication: American Express OPEN forum

Cyber criminals are on the prowl for business data. Every company, no matter the size, has valuable data that’s as enticing as cracking a safe–but with far less risk, because cyber attackers are virtually untraceable. Here’s how your employees can learn to recognize hacker scams.

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Publication: Dermatology Times

Criminals are after your patients’ medical records, plain and simple. The number of criminal cyberattacks reported by healthcare organizations jumped to 40% in 2013 from 20% in 2009, according to an annual survey by the Ponemon Institute. Whether it’s an ex-employee with a grudge, a crime ring defrauding the government, or a nation state hacking a giant enterprise, these criminals see big profits in the health data residing on your organization’s computers.

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