June 19, 2017

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Professionalism Conference Draws Enthusiastic Crowd and Impressive Reviews
News and Views from the 2017 AMA Annual Meeting
AMA Launches Opioid Education Microsite
MMA Annual Benefit Golf Tournament Monday, July 10, 2017
HHS Update on WannaCry and New OCR Resources on Reporting After Cyberattacks
MMA Files Comments on Licensing Board Rules on Use of Controlled Substances for Treatment of Pain
FDA Requests Halt to OpanaŽ ER Sales
Is Your Staff Checking BP Correctly?
Weekly MMA Legislative Committee Conference Call Information
Legislative Highlights of the Week
Call Your State Representatives: L.D. 46 Eliminating Physician Exemption from Jury Duty Passed the Senate!
June 20 Webinar: Recognizing When Patients Have Concerns About the Cost of Their Health Care
National Medicare Education Program June 28
Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
Save the Date: MICIS Presentation on Opioid Prescribing in Auburn on Wednesday, July 19
16th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium - September 15-17
Patient Safety Academy - September 29
Maine Providers Standing Up for Healthcare Schedules Press Conference for this Friday in Lewiston
Register Now for the MMA and Maine Health Management Coalition 2017 Symposium on October 11
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HHS Update on WannaCry and New OCR Resources on Reporting After Cyberattacks

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is cautioning providers that it is aware of two large, multistate hospital systems that are continuing to face significant challenges to operations because of the WannaCry malware.

This is not a new WannaCry attack, but rather an effect of the virus remaining on a machine even after the machine's Windows software is patched and anti-virus software has been run. Those two activities block the virus from executing its encryption stage. However, the virus may still disrupt Windows operating systems in varying ways. For example, it may cause the device to reboot or display a "blue screen." HHS states that the virus will not spread from a machine where it still exists to a patched machine.

HHS also released new emergency contact information for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the event that a practice experiences a suspected cyberattack affecting medical devices: (866) 300-4374. Reports of impact on multiple devices should be aggregated at a system/facility level.

Finally, the HHS Office of Civil Rights has released an infographic and quick-response checklist to explain the steps a covered entity should take in response to a cyber-related security incident. It notes that covered entities must presume protected health information that is improperly accessed, acquired, used or disclosed at the time of a cyber-related security incident is a breach unless:

  • The information was encrypted by the covered entity at the time of the incident. 
  • The entity determines through a written risk assessment that there was a low probability that the information was compromised during the breach.


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