FBI Urges Hospitals To Work With Feds On Cyber Plans Amid Rising Attacks

Federal Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director Paul Abbate on Tuesday (April 26) urged hospitals and providers to develop formal cyber response plans in partnership with their local FBI bureau, and a day later U.S. cybersecurity officials issued another joint warning with regulators in allied countries as Russian cyberattacks on critical infrastructure increase. Abbate told hospitals that cyberattacks are a direct threat to human life, as they have degraded life-saving medical technologies, leading to misdiagnoses and canceled surgeries, in addition to...
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U.S., Allies Issue Cyber Advisory Detailing Most Frequently Exploited Vulnerabilities

A new multinational advisory identifies the “top routinely exploited cybersecurity vulnerabilities” and provides details on mitigation priorities for private and public organizations. The advisory was issued Wednesday (April 27) by the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, FBI and National Security Agency, as well as cyber officials from Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. It identifies “the common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs) frequently exploited by malicious cyber actors, including the 15 most commonly exploited of 2021,” CISA said...
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COVID-19 Delays Confirmation Of Bedoya, A Key Vote In FTC Probe Of PBMs

Coronavirus infections in the Senate will likely delay confirmation of a Federal Trade Commission nominee who could break a tie vote that blocked an FTC probe of pharmacy benefit managers’ impact on drug prices. In a party-line, 2-2 vote, the Federal Trade Commission in February declined to undertake the inquiry into PBM business practices . Bedoya’s confirmation would tip the commission’s makeup in favor of Democratic appointees. “So believe me Democrats want to get Mr. Bedoya appointed as soon as...
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HHS Offers Guide For Using Telehealth To Diagnose, Treat, Prevent HIV

HHS published a new guide for health care providers outlining how telemedicine can be used to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS. The guide comes as the White House pursues an initiative to end the HIV epidemic by 2030, and seeks $9.8 billion for a 10-year program to make pre-exposure prophylaxis available to more people. “Incorporating telehealth into a primary care practice can overcome these barriers by giving patients a safe, convenient way to access HIV prevention and...
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