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New OCR Cybersecurity Newsletter Covers HIPAA Security Incident Procedures

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released a new edition of its online OCR Cybersecurity Newsletter, dated October 2022. The Newsletter reviews security procedures to follow in the event of a breach of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule.

According to the Newsletter, not surprisingly, “cybersecurity incidents and data breaches continue to increase across all industries.” The newsletter goes on to explain the necessity to have a plan in place which documents procedures to follow in the event of a security incident. This includes:

  • Forming a security response team
  • Identifying security incidents
  • Responding to security incidents
  • Mitigating harmful effects of a security incident
  • Documenting the security incident
  • Understanding the breach reporting obligations

The OCR newsletter describes each of the bullets points above in more detail, to help business comply with HIPAA requirements.

For our subscribers of OSHA Review for more information on HIPAA compliance, please refer to the July/August 2022 Training Document in Section X of your OSHA Review binder.

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