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Congressman Ted Lieu

Representing the 33rd District of California

Health Care

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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.

June 13, 2016 In The News

According to a report recently released by the Pasadena Public Health Department, nearly a dozen people may have died due to a superbug infection at Huntington Hospital contracted by improperly sterilized medical instruments.  

All told, 16 people were infected with bacteria.

The news comes after the National Labor Relations Board ruled in favor of registered nurses seeking to form a union at the local hospital. There was already an election, which the nurses lost. But now they can hold another vote.

June 2, 2016 In The News

Pasadena health officials said Wednesday that 16 patients were infected by dangerous bacteria from medical scopes at Huntington Hospital from January 2013 to August 2015, including 11 who have died.

It is not clear how many of those patients died from their infections. Health officials said that only one of the 11 death certificates listed the bacteria as the cause.

The hospital had previously said just three patients were infected in the outbreak that officials said was limited to the middle of 2015.

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