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Congressman Ted Lieu

Representing the 33rd District of California

Health Care

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July 15, 2016 In The News

The Federal Health and Human Services Department (HHS) issued guidelines this week that could require hospitals and doctor offices to notify HHS if they are victimized by a ransomware attack.
The HHS guidance has several stipulations for if and when health providers would be required to make a notification. The primary trigger would be if the electronic protected health information (ePHI) is not protected in accordance with HHS regulations or if the ePHI is properly encrypted making it impervious to a criminal enterprise.

July 14, 2016 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement regarding new guidance by the Department of Health and Human Services on how to respond to the threat of ransomware attacks.

July 13, 2016 In The News

Hospital systems, medical practices and others that deal with sensitive health information are required to protect that information under health privacy law. Typically in the event of a cyber breach, health providers are required to notify patients that their information has been potentially compromised. But ransomware attacks are different from other kinds of breaches, and the notification rules have not been clear.

The Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services is attempting to clarify things with long-anticipated guidance released July 11.

June 29, 2016 In The News

Ransomware attacks can shut down hospitals and health care systems by locking out providers' access to records. The Department of Health and Human Services is preparing guidance on how institutions should respond to such attacks and notify patients whose records are compromised.

 

Two Capitol Hill IT leaders, Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), are urging HHS leaders to think of ransomware as different from other types of cyberattacks.

 

June 28, 2016 In The News

A bipartisan pair of lawmakers is calling on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to treat ransomware attacks in the healthcare industry differently than other cyber attacks.

“In the case of a ransomware attack, the threat is not usually to privacy, but typically to operational risks to health systems and potential impacts on safety, and service,” Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Will Hurd (R-Texas) wrote in a letter to Deven McGraw, deputy director for health information policy at HHS’s Office of Civil Rights. 

June 28, 2016 In The News

June 28 (BNA) - Two House lawmakers today told health privacy regulators that ransomware attacks on hospitals should be treated as data breaches that trigger a federal investigation.

June 28, 2016 Press Release

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June 22, 2016 Press Release

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Washington - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement in light of a sit-in by Democrats on the House Floor today to demand a vote on legislation to address gun violence in America.

June 17, 2016 Press Release

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ICYMI: REP. LIEU CALLS FOR GUN VIOLENCE SOLUTIONS - “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH”

Online, Rep. Lieu calls for an end to gun violence and urges his House colleagues to finally stand up to the NRA

June 13, 2016 In The News

An investigation into patient infections from medical scopes at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, Calif., found that more patients had been infected by bacteria on the scopes than previously reported. The latest information in a Pasadena Public Health Department report disclosed that 16 patients were infected by bacteria on the scopes, including 11 who have since died.

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