Aside from emergency medical treatment that may be required for a worker injured on the job, states in the southeast (SC, NC, AL, TN, FL, GA, MS and LA) have different rules regarding the initial authorized medical treatment for injured workers. For employers who operate in multiple states, and for insurance adjusters with claims in multiple states, knowing what to do to authorize this initial medical treatment can be critical to appropriately manage and reduce costs for new claims from the onset Our review will start with the most employer friendly states and will end with the least employer friendly state in the southeast in terms of initial authorized medical treatment: In South Carolina, the employer selects the physician. In North Carolina, the employer makes the initial selection of physician, but the employee can choose a physician of his own, but only if the employee obtains the approval of the…       Read More

Earlier this month I published a Post on, “The Importance of Cyber Security in Telemedicine”, highlighting the importance of security for medical devices that can be hacked. Almost as if on cue, or more likely the result of lucky timing, on May 21, 2015, the IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative (www.cybersecurity.ieee.org) published, “Building Code for Medical Device Software Security”, authored by Tom Haigh and Carl Landwehr. The paper is the result of a two-day workshop in November 2014, attended by 40 volunteers from the fields of cyber security, computer programming, and medical devices, among others. The workshop was sponsored by the IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative and the National Science Foundation. Recognizing that medical devices are vulnerable to malicious attacks that can alter the operation of a device, or steal sensitive data, the building code is intended to reduce the risk of such attacks. While the code cannot protect medical devices against every imaginable…       Read More

IRS Detects Massive Data Breach in ‘Get Transcript’ Application Accounting Today The Internal Revenue Service warned of a huge data breach of its online Get Transcript application that allowed the tax returns of approximately … Insider Data Breach at Medical Billing Company Hits Patients at Several Hospitals eSecurityPlanet A call center employee at billing company Medical Management, LLC stole thousands of patients’ names, birthdates and Social Security numbers. CareFirst says cyber attack stole data of 1.1 million users Business Insurance (Reuters) – CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, which sells health insurance in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, said on Wednesday that … Privacy and Security Innovation: The Cautionary Tale of Nomi Technologies And The FTC Forbes … decree with Nomi Technologies is a cautionary tale for businesses everywhere wrestling with data innovation and privacy and security protection. Breaches Cost Healthcare $6 Billion Annually Health IT Outcomes “We are seeing a…       Read More

Starbucks denies reports its mobile app was hacked Fortune The coffee chain denied reports that said cyber-criminals had used its … Though Starbucks has denied this kind of hack has happened, the reports… MetroHealth reports data breach for 981 heart patients due to malware cleveland.com In investigating the breach, the health system found that a business associate disabled antivirus software on the computers to facilitate a software … Artificial Pancreas Vulnerable to Cyber-Security Risk, Researchers Warn NDTV An artificial pancreas that automatically controls insulin infusion is at a greater risk of cyber-security threat that may put users in trouble, researchers Hacker Claims To Have Exposed Dangerous Flaws In Aircraft Security CBS local NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) – A computer security expert and hacker claims that he has exposed dangerous flaws in aircraft security. Chris Roberts UK government quietly rewrote law to allow its spies to hack ZDNet The bill went into force…       Read More

Communication is one of the most important aspects of a well-managed, successful workers’ compensation program. It is extremely important to establish good relationships with supervisors, employees, and medical providers both prior to and after a work injury occurs. Injured employees usually are not knowledgeable about the workers’ compensation system and experience fear, doubt, and worry about the status of their job. Immediate contact with the injured employee will help alleviate these fears and will establish trust. The following information provides guidelines for effective communication among employers, physicians, other medical providers, attorneys, and the State Board. These guidelines are intended to build a partnership associated with a workers’ compensation claim. Employees Communication with employees is perhaps the most vital link in a well-run workers’ compensation program. Employees need to know that you care about them. They need to know and understand their rights and responsibilities under the law. If you do…       Read More

Two men charged for hacking computer systems of photo sharing website Photobucket NYC Today Bourret and Andrianakis have been charged for illegally hacking in the computer servers of Photobucket. They also sold passwords and unauthorized … Criminal attacks No. 1 cause of healthcare data breaches: 5 things to know Becker’s Hospital Review The threat of data breaches in healthcare continues to rise, and with it rises the incidence of malicious attacks on hospital and health system networks. Should Washington Allow Companies to Strike Back Against Hackers? Wall Street Journal Legislation under consideration in Congress would give private entities the right to defend themselves in cyberspace using computer-hacking tactics … Nuclear deal could help Iran fund cyberwar The Hill And while Iranian cyber warriors might spare the U.S. if a deal is reached, … Iran’s most assertive hacking groups have gone nearly silent in recent … The No. 1 mistake hackers…       Read More

How cyber attacks became more profitable than the drug trade Fortune The need to work together to protect company data, customer information … Information security professionals, no matter how big the enterprise they … Who gets access to the data my Apple Watch collects? Newsworks.org The Federal Trade Commission, federal lawmakers and the Attorney General of at least one state have all been investigating privacy and data security … Montana and Wyoming Upgrade Their Data Protection Laws in Case of a Breach KULR-TV … had to send you a notice if it was first name or initial and last name along with social security number, driver license number, or some financial data. Lawsuit: Home Depot data breach was caused by management’s ‘overarching complacency’ over … Atlanta Business Chronicle “Home Depot management’s attitude towards data security in the years and months leading up to the breach can best be described as…       Read More

You can add Georgia to the list of states that have a medical marijuana law. As of April 16, 2015, Haleigh’s Hope Act permits patients suffering from cancer (if the cancer is end stage or the treatment produces related wasting illness, recalcitrant, nausea and vomiting), ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease (when it is severe or end stage), seizure disorders related to diagnosis of epilepsy or trauma related head injuries, multiple sclerosis (when such diagnosis is severe or end stage), crohn’s disease, mitochondrial disease, Parkinson’s disease (when such diagnosis is severe or end stage), or sickle cell disease (when such diagnosis is severe or end stage). Persons with any of these diagnosed conditions may possess up to 20 ounces of “low THC oil.” The low THC oil can contain no more than 5% THC, the psychoactive agent in marijuana. Possession of more than 20 ounces of low THC oil is a…       Read More

Hall Booth Smith attorneys John Parkerson and Brad Carver hosted breakfast discussions for a high-level trade delegation from the Government of Dubai, U.A.E., at HBS offices March 26, 2015.  Delegation members included representatives from Dubai’s Department of Economic Development, Dubai Investment Development Agency, Dubai Free Trade Zones, and the US Commercial Service-Dubai.  The World Trade Center Atlanta (Parkerson is immediate past President and current Board member) and HBS coordinated the 2.5 day trade mission with participation from the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Georgia Department of Economic Development, City of Atlanta, Georgia Foreign-Trade Zone, and UPS.  Mr. Carver, Senior Managing Director of HBS’ Government Affairs practice, arranged delegation meetings with Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black and a recognition proclamation from the Georgia House of Representatives.  The delegation also met Atlanta City Council members, including President Ceasar Mitchell; and officials from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, including General Manager Miguel Southwell.  Several Dubai trade…       Read More

Telemedicine is coming to a hospital or medical office near you. What is telemedicine? Simply put, telemedicine is when the medical provider is in one location and the patient is in another. The medical professional uses telecommunication technology, often times via the internet, to provide medical care to the patient. Unfortunately, any time information travels across the internet, no conversation is complete without considering the security of the technology. I just read an article about the use of a telerobot, allowing a physician to operate from a remote location using a robot at the patient’s bedside (http://bit.ly/1GKKABW). The article highlighted how a hacking team from the University of Washington Department of Electrical Engineering and of Computer Science and Engineering found that they could hack into the robot’s computer systems and take control of the teleoperation. They could tell the robot to ignore, or change directions of the surgeon, or cause…       Read More