CareFirst data hoarding widened breach's impact

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 23, 2015

The newly announced cyberattack against CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the massive earlier hacks at Premera Blue Cross and Anthem would have had a narrower impact if the health insurers hadn't retained customer data for so long, experts say.

Data Points for May 25, 2015

Data Points for May 25, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 23, 2015

Data Points for the week of May 25, 2015, covered the following topics: Paying physicians based on quality, infections from contaminated duodenoscopes, nursing home quality ratings, TV ads for children for poor quality food

Experts urge swift call for help to investigate data breaches

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 21, 2015

IT staff at CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield believed they contained a data hack back in June. But on Wednesday, the insurer said data on 1.1 million individuals was breached. Experts warn any delay in responding to a breach can aggravate security risks and increase public relations damage.

Insurer CareFirst says 1.1 million affected in cyberattack

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 20, 2015

CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield, a not-for-profit insurer serving Maryland, Washington and northern Virginia, said Wednesday that it was the target of a sophisticated cyberattack affecting 1.1 million individuals.

Blog: ONC guide offers narrow view of privacy, security rules

By Joseph Conn  |  May 06, 2015

HHS has a revised guide to privacy and security for electronic health information that's intended to help smaller healthcare organizations that lack a legal staff. The guide, however, gives scant attention to several important regulatory areas.

Insurers face tougher oversight on protecting data

By Bob Herman  |  April 25, 2015

New national guidelines indicate health insurers will face tougher regulatory scrutiny over how they protect customers from data breaches. But the guidance likely won't do much to prevent cyberattacks in the first place.

Big data hacks prompt providers to up security spending

By Joseph Conn  |  April 11, 2015

Two recent huge breaches of health insurers' information technology systems in which the personally identifiable records of more than 83 million individuals were stolen have had significant financial and psychological effects on healthcare organizations, according to Modern Healthcare's Survey of...

Premera faces class-action suit over massive data breach

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 27, 2015

Premera Blue Cross failed to adequately protect its customers' personal information and notify them of a recent data breach in a timely manner, according to the latest class-action lawsuit filed Thursday against the insurer in federal court in Seattle.

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