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Quick Response Checklist to Cyber Attacks for HIPAA Covered Entities and Business Associates

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) recently issued a Quick-Response Checklist, explaining the steps for a HIPAA-covered entity or its business associate to take in response to a cyber-related security incident. The Checklist includes:

  • Executing a response, mitigation procedures and contingency plans;

  • Reporting the incident to the appropriate law enforcement agencies and information-sharing and analysis organizations (“ISAO”); and

  • Reporting any breach to the OCR and affected individuals.

The Quick-Response Checklist reminds covered entities and business associates that the OCR considers all mitigation efforts during a breach investigation. Although the response to a cyber-related security incident will depend on the event at hand, all covered entities and business associates should develop a cyber-security response team and plan to immediately address potential security incidents.

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Aarthi Krishnamurthy, Armstrong Teasdale, Corporate, Health Care
Associate

Aarthi Krishnamurthy is an associate in Armstrong Teasdale’s Corporate Services practice group where she focuses almost exclusively on health care law. In her practice, she counsels institutional and non-institutional clients in response to legal and business challenges and opportunities in the rapidly-evolving U.S. health care system. 

Working primarily with physicians, independent contractors, principal investigators, physician groups and health and medical insurance providers, Aarthi implements feasible compliance programs to meet government regulatory standards that are in-line...

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