In This Issue:
  • Zika Virus
  • The rise of cybercrime and the need for cyber ransom liability insurance
  • CEO Note: The Non-Medical Healthcare Book: A collection of blogs, wisdom and twisted insight
  • Tier3MD Events: CEO of Tier3MD Recognized as One of CRN’s 2016 Women of the Channel
  • VA fires three senior officials from Phoenix VA Health Care System
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Zika Virus
June 21, 2016
The Zika virus infection continues to spread in many countries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers information on Zika virus as well as details on prevention transmission, and symptoms/diagnosis . Although there are no reports of Zika being spread by mosquitoes in the United States, cases have been reported in travelers visiting or returning to the US. The CDC is not able to predict how much Zika virus might spread, however, it is anticipated that the number of Zika cases will likely increase.

The AAP is monitoring this situation and is working closely with CDC leaders to determine how best to evaluate and treat/support infants who may have been exposed to the Zika virus. Pediatricians are advised to report suspected cases to state health departments.

The CDC maintains a 24/7 Zika consultation service for health officials and health care providers. To contact the service with questions related to children's and adolescents' health, call 770-488-7100 and ask for Zika Clinical Inquires or email See the most recent AAP articles "Zika Update: CDC Issues New Directives for Pediatricians (June 1, 2016)" and "CDC Confirms Zika Causes Microcephaly (April 13, 2016)".

US Zika Pregnancy Registry

To understand more about Zika virus infection, the CDC established the US Zika Pregnancy Registry. The CDC is collaborating with state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments to collect information about pregnancy and infant outcomes following laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection during pregnancy. The CDC is asking pediatricians to contribute to the registries by reporting suspected congenital Zika cases to state, tribal, local or territorial health departments to facilitate testing. Members of the AAP can find state-specific contact information here. For questions about the registry please email or call

Testing Guidance Specific to Children
The rise of cybercrime and the need for cyber ransom liability insurance

With the growing frequency of cyberattacks, healthcare organizations are discovering the need for an extra layer of protection to cover the loss of funds incurred from a security breach.

By Jessica Davis
Healthcare IT News
June 17, 2016
"Those with insurance, they think they’re covered, but when you get into the nitty gritty, sometimes organizations are surprised." Over the last few years, the healthcare industry has had its consciousness raised over hacking and cybercriminals, as cybersecurity has been thrust into the spotlight – especially with the recent surge in ransomware attacks, according to Paula E. Litt, a partner with and the leader of the insurance recovery and advisory practice group at Honigman Business Law Firm.

And with this increased awareness, cyber ransom liability insurance has really taken off, Litt said.

Cyber ransom liability insurance is a developing area, with no standard form for the insurance on the market. Litt explained that because of this, “it’s an area where the purchaser has to be a good consumer and understand the needs of their company.”

Companies need to ensure they understand the coverage they’re getting – including coverage dates. According to Litt, especially in cases of ransomware, many organizations discover an insurance policy doesn’t cover that type of cyber breach.

She went on to say that all policies have a limit – both monetarily and often within a specified timeframe – and it’s up to the insured to completely understand their policy.

“Cyber ransom liability insurance is to protect the victim of a crime,” Litt said. “But there are all different components within a cyber-policy. Everyone is at risk for a cyberattack, and organizations need to figure out the risk and what kind of coverage they need.”

“If you’re the insured, you want it to cover all of the incurred costs due to the breach – including third-parties,” she added. “It’s critical we understand the risk. We need to build in protection for undetected problems that happened before the policy went into place. It’s a big issue in cyber insurance – and a big issue for the insured.”

And as the industry matures, there are many risks for organizations to consider when purchasing a policy, according to Linda S. Ross, a partner with and leader of the health care practice group at Honigman Business Law Firm. She listed failing to meet a standard of care and even malpractice claims, when ransomware forces the return to paper.

There’s also the HIPAA component, with respect to the integrity of data and security of an EHR, she added. And more obviously, breaches put patients at risk for identity theft.

Healthcare organizations need to educate employees on risks as well as simple prevention methods. “You can taint a whole network with just one e-mail,” Ross said. “When a breach occurs, it’s already too late for insurance.”

“Hospitals are at the mercy of criminals. If someone wants to get into your system, they can,” Ross said. “But not every cyber ransom liability insurance policy includes ransomware. I think insurance companies don’t want to pay claims. And those with insurance, they think they’re covered, but when you get into the nitty gritty, sometimes organizations are surprised. Read your policy, know what it covers and make sure it covers your business needs.”
CEO Note:
The Non-Medical Healthcare Book: A collection of blogs, wisdom and twisted insight

I have published an eBook titled “The Non Medical Healthcare Book”. You can grab your copy on Amazon! The book is make up of blogs that I have written throughout the years, on IT support, HIPAA, Cybercrime, etc. It’s about the healthcare industry, and I hope you find it to be a pretty entertaining read.

Sheryl J. Cherico,
CEO/COO, Co-Founder

Sheryl is the CEO of Tier3MD and one of the leading Healthcare IT Consultants in the country.

Tier3MD Events: Tier3MD CEO Sheryl Cherico Receives Honor

Sheryl Cherico, CEO of Tier3MD Recognized as One of CRN’s 2016 Women of the Channel
Atlanta, GA, June 21 2016
– Tier3MD, and IT support group for medical practices, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Sheryl Cherico, CEO to its prestigious 2016 Women of the Channel list. The women executives who comprise this annual list span the IT channel, representing vendors, distributors, solution providers and other organizations that figure prominently in the channel ecosystem. Each is recognized for her outstanding leadership, vision, and unique role in driving channel growth and innovation.

CRN editors select the Women of the Channel honorees on the basis of their professional accomplishments, demonstrated expertise and ongoing dedication to the IT channel.

“These executives have made a lasting mark on our industry—growing and elevating partner programs, leading transitions to new business models and introducing cutting-edge go-to-market strategies, among other remarkable achievements.” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “We congratulate all the 2016 Women of the Channel and celebrate their singular contributions to the advancement of the channel ecosystem.”

“We at Tier3MD are extremely proud of what Sheryl has been able to accomplish.”

The 2016 Women of the Channel list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine and online at ABOUT THE CHANNEL COMPANY

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VA fires three senior officials from Phoenix VA Health Care System

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs formally removed three senior officials on Wednesday and said doing so sets the stage for moving forward.
By Tom Sullivan
Healthcare IT News
The Department of Veterans Affairs publicly announced on Wednesday that is formally removed three senior officials from the Phoenix VA Health Care System in the continuing wait-time scandal.

Those officials are: Lance Robinson, the facility’s Associate Director; Brad Curry, Chief of Health Administration Service; and Dr. Darren Deering, Chief of Staff.

“The three were removed for negligent performance of duties and failure to provide effective oversight for not ensuring Veterans were either properly scheduled for appointments or placed on an appropriate wait list,” the VA explained on its website.

VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson described the removals as appropriate accountability actions based on existing evidence.

The VA has been under increasingly intense fire for scheduling problems. And the department put a $624 million contract with Epic to develop a patient-scheduling system on hold in April while it considers other, perhaps less expensive, options.

Robinson, Curry, and Deering are entitled to appeal. They will not be paid during that process, the VA said. The formal removal came after the VA recommended the move in March, and in the wake of the Phoenix VA firing Sharon Helman, who is suing the government to get her job back.

“While this process took far too long,” Gibson added, “the evidence supports these removals and sets the stage for moving forward.”
Michael H. Brown
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