Agencies recommend action to defend Ivanti VPN gateways from compromise
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Agencies recommend action to defend Ivanti VPN gateways from compromise ctorres_drupal Mar 01, 2024 - 02:45 PM U.S. and international agencies Feb. 29 urged health care and other critical infrastructure organizations using Ivanti Connect Secure VPN and Ivanti Policy Secure to take certain steps to defend against known cyber threats that Ivanti’s Integrity Checker Tool may fail to detect. “Perhaps the most important point to mention at this moment is that we do not have any indication this alert is in any way related to the Change Healthcare breach,” said John Riggi, AHA’s national advisor f ..read more
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Supporting Hospitals and Patients After Cyberattack on Change Healthcare
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Supporting Hospitals and Patients After Cyberattack on Change Healthcare dsamuels_drupal Feb 29, 2024 - 06:09 PM The cyberattack against Change Healthcare that began on Feb. 21 is the most serious incident of its kind leveled against a U.S. health care organization. Nine days into the attack on Change Healthcare, a health care technology company that is part of Optum and owned by UnitedHealth Group, effects are continuing to be felt throughout the entire health care system. According to Change Healthcare, the company processes 15 billion health care transactions annually and touches 1 in eve ..read more
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March United Against the Flu toolkit highlights the hopefulness of spring 
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March United Against the Flu toolkit highlights the hopefulness of spring  hnesich_drupal Feb 29, 2024 - 03:06 PM AHA is looking forward to spring and March Madness in its latest social media toolkit for hospitals’ and health systems’ use to promote vaccination against the flu and COVID-19. DOWNLOAD THE TOOLKIT   United Against the Flu Infection Prevention and Control Headline ..read more
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AHA, ASHE unveil sustainability toolkit for health care executives
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AHA, ASHE unveil sustainability toolkit for health care executives hnesich_drupal Feb 29, 2024 - 03:05 PM A new toolkit from AHA and its American Society for Health Care Engineering is helping prepare hospital and health system leaders to navigate the complex landscape of sustainability and decarbonization within the health care field. The Health Care Leader’s Guide to Sustainability and Decarbonization provides tangible action items for CEOs, boards and trustees, sustainability teams, chief operating officers and chief financial officers, demonstrating how each can lead the charge in enviro ..read more
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Study: NIST framework associated with lower cyber insurance premiums
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Study: NIST framework associated with lower cyber insurance premiums hnesich_drupal Feb 29, 2024 - 03:04 PM Organizations using the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cybersecurity Framework as their primary cybersecurity framework report one-third lower cyber insurance premium cost growth, according to the 2024 Healthcare Cybersecurity Benchmarking Study, produced by Censinet and KLAS Research in collaboration with the AHA, Health Information and Analysis Center (Health-ISAC), and Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council.  Almost six in 10 of the 58 respon ..read more
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Hospitals testify on proposals to support patients with rare diseases
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Hospitals testify on proposals to support patients with rare diseases hnesich_drupal Feb 29, 2024 - 03:03 PM The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Feb. 29 held a hearing on legislative proposals to expand access to treatment for patients with rare diseases, which included two hospital witnesses. Alexander Bassuk, M.D., physician-in-chief at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, urged Congress to pass the Accelerating Kids Access to Care Act (H.R. 4758), legislation that would enable providers to enroll in Medicaid programs in other states to improve childre ..read more
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AHA files brief defending Louisiana 340B contract pharmacy law
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AHA files brief defending Louisiana 340B contract pharmacy law hnesich_drupal Feb 29, 2024 - 03:02 PM AHA Feb. 29 filed a friend-of-the-court brief (LINK) in support of a Louisiana law that prohibits drug companies from denying Louisiana hospitals the same 340B discounts for drugs dispensed at community pharmacies that would be provided via in-house pharmacies, its latest in a string of lawsuits claiming the federal law that created the 340B program preempts the state law.  AbbVie, “like their fellow drug company AstraZeneca and the trade association representing their confederates, wa ..read more
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House passes continuing resolution; Senate passage expected 
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House passes continuing resolution; Senate passage expected  hnesich_drupal Feb 29, 2024 - 03:01 PM The House Feb. 29 voted 320-99 to pass a continuing resolution that would extend funding through March 8 for four appropriations bills set to expire March 1 and through March 22 for eight appropriations bills set to expire March 8. The Senate is expected to pass the measure before midnight Friday to prevent a government shutdown. Yesterday, negotiators also announced an agreement on six of the appropriations bills, which Congress intends to enact by the March 8 deadline.    Leg ..read more
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CDC recommends additional dose of updated COVID-19 vaccine for older adults
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CDC recommends additional dose of updated COVID-19 vaccine for older adults hnesich_drupal Feb 28, 2024 - 04:03 PM Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Mandy Cohen, M.D., Feb. 28 endorsed a recommendation by its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices that adults ages 65 years and older receive an additional updated 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine dose.  "Today’s recommendation allows older adults to receive an additional dose of this season’s COVID-19 vaccine to provide added protection," Cohen said. "Most COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations last year were among people ..read more
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Agreement reached to prevent government shutdown; House, Senate passage of short-term continuing resolution expected
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Agreement reached to prevent government shutdown; House, Senate passage of short-term continuing resolution expected hnesich_drupal Feb 28, 2024 - 04:01 PM Bipartisan, bicameral leaders of the House and Senate and their Appropriations Committees Feb. 28 announced an agreement to extend funding through March 8 for four appropriations bills set to expire March 1 and through March 22 for eight appropriations bills set to expire March 8. Passage of this measure will prevent a government shutdown. Negotiators also announced an agreement on six of the appropriations bills, which Congress intends t ..read more
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