Ransomware Alert

A few days ago, multiple news agencies reported that there has been a large scale cyber-attack on healthcare agency networks worldwide.  The New York Times and the Washington Post reported yesterday that hackers have exploited malware that was stolen from the National Security Agency (NSA) and have executed an attack on numerous healthcare agency networks, including the Britain’s public health system.  The hackers have essentially held the system hostage freezing users from accessing data.  The cyber-attack has spread to nearly 74 countries, including India, Africa, and several in South America countries.  This cyber-attack highlights the vulnerability of many healthcare providers, including ambulance services who have become increasingly technology dependent.

If your service has not performed an Risk Analysis as required under the Security Rule by the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA), or have not performed the analysis in the last year, I suggest that you do so as soon as possible.  If members are uncertain or concerned about how they can come into compliance with the requirements of HIPAA, please contact the consultants available as part of their AAA membership.

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Scott Moore

Scott A. Moore, Esq. has been in the emergency medical services field for over 26 years. Scott has held various executive positions at several ambulance services in Massachusetts. Scott is a licensed attorney, specializing in Human Resource, employment and labor law, employee benefits, and corporate compliance matters. Scott has a certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and was the Co-Chair of the Education Committee for the American Ambulance Association (AAA) for several years. In addition, Scott is a Site Reviewer for the Commission on the Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS). Scott earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Salem State College and his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School. Scott maintains his EMT and still works actively in the field as a call-firefighter/EMT in his hometown. Scott is a member of the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Northeast Human Resource Association.

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