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SecureID Coalition RSS Feed https://www.secureidcoalition.org/ Sat, 15 Aug 2020 18:52:57 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) Making Medicare Smart https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/152-making-medicare-smart Today the House of Representatives took a significant step forward to protect seniors and ensure the solvency of the Medicare program by unanimously passing the bipartisan Fighting Fraud to Protect Senior Care Act – HR.6690. The bill calls for a pilot program to test modernizing the Medicare card by incorporating smart card technology to prevent waste, fraud and abuse.

This landmark program will enable front-end authentication of Medicare beneficiaries and providers at point of care and support back-end data analytics to ensure transactions are legitimate. The Government Accountability Office estimates that such a program can positively impact over 22% of all Medicare improper payment and fraud cases. With Medicare waste, fraud, and abuse costing US taxpayers an approximated $60 billion every year, the Fighting Fraud to Protect Senior Care Act will help prevent over $13.2 billion from being lost on a yearly basis.

We thank Congressman Peter Roskam and Congressman Earl Blumenauer for their heroic effort to protect Medicare for all Americans: beneficiaries, providers, and taxpayers alike.

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secureid@121gr.com (Administrator2) Wed, 12 Sep 2018 20:40:29 GMT https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/152-making-medicare-smart
The Five Things IoT Manufacturers Can Do To Future-Proof the Industry https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/150-sidc-iot-blog-post-10-27-16 If there’s one thing that we’ve learned over the past few days since the Internet of Things (IoT) distributed-denial-of-service attack (DDoS) attack gave the Internet brain freeze last Friday is that (1) IoT devices are insecure, (2) we have a really good idea what needs to be done to make them more secure, yet (3) it’s hard to get everyone on the same page in dedicating the resources to actually make them more secure.

While that might seem like a stark truth, it only makes sense given how our economy and legal system works. Since no one company or device was responsible for allowing the attack, there’s no specific organization to shame or blame. Plus, it’s way too easy to point fingers at everyone else in the room and say there was nothing that could’ve been done, as everyone is responsible. Further, security costs money, and at the moment, companies want to pour their resources into grabbing IoT market share, not plugging holes that may or may not cause problems downstream. Unfortunately, this kind of thinking invites regulators and legislators to step in and attempt to dictate technology standards and best practices to address harms, both real and imagined.

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secureid@121gr.com (Administrator2) Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:17:50 GMT https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/150-sidc-iot-blog-post-10-27-16
Patient Identity: Getting Back to Basics for National Health IT Week https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/149-patient-identity-getting-back-to-basics-for-national-health-it-week- Monday kicked off National Health IT week! While the United States has made progress in moving towards a more modern healthcare system, significant work remains. There’s no disputing that our medical device and health technology companies are the most advanced on the planet, developing the solutions that are diagnosing diseases earlier, expanding treatment options, and improving quality of life. However, when it comes to healthcare and identity—making sure that the correct data is associated with the right patient, and ensuring that that information is able to be shared, analyzed, and acted upon in a timely fashion—the United States lags woefully behind many other developed nations.

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secureid@121gr.com (Administrator2) Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:47:52 GMT https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/149-patient-identity-getting-back-to-basics-for-national-health-it-week-
SIDC Announced New Action Center to Push Medicare into the 21st Century! https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/148-sidc-announced-new-action-center-to-push-medicare-into-the-21st-century The Secure ID Coalition is thrilled to announce the launch of its new Action Center to build grassroots support for the Medicare Common Access Card Act (H.R.3220/S.1871), a bipartisan measure in Congress that will upgrade the current paper Medicare card with the same secure, electronic smart card trusted by the Department of Defense to authorize access to its most secure IT systems and facilities—including the Pentagon.

Members of Congress have begun to recognize that if we are going to get serious about stopping Medicare fraud, we have to start by modernizing the current paper Medicare card. Last week Bloomberg BNA reported on the latest efforts by members of the House Ways & Means Committee to bring Medicare into the 21st Century by upgrading the Medicare Card. The article summarized efforts in last week's House Ways & Means Committee hearing in which Rep. Peter Roskam highlighted the Medicare Common Access Card Act (click here to watch Rep. Roskam tackle the issue head on).

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secureid@121gr.com (Administrator2) Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:20:13 GMT https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/148-sidc-announced-new-action-center-to-push-medicare-into-the-21st-century
Can Identity Solve Our Medical Error Crisis? https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/147-can-identity-solve-our-medical-error-crisis Last month researchers at Johns Hopkins published research indicating that medical errors in healthcare facilities may constitute the third leading cause of death. This disturbing finding would mean that medical errors are in fact more deadly than stroke, Alzheimer's, respiratory disease and accidents in the United States.

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secureid@121gr.com (Administrator2) Fri, 03 Jun 2016 15:29:06 GMT https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/147-can-identity-solve-our-medical-error-crisis
SIDC to Hold a Legislative Briefing on the Medicare Common Access Card Act https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/146-sidc-to-hold-a-legislative-briefing-on-the-medicare-common-access-card-act The Secure ID Coalition is thrilled to announce that it will hold a legislative briefing for Capitol Hill staff and issue stakeholders discussing the Medicare Common Access Card Act on Wednesday, March 23rd.

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secureid@121gr.com (Administrator2) Fri, 11 Mar 2016 21:00:09 GMT https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/146-sidc-to-hold-a-legislative-briefing-on-the-medicare-common-access-card-act
How Smart Cards Stack Up Against Current Fraud Reduction Efforts https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/145-how-smart-cards-stack-up-against-current-fraud-reduction-efforts In light of Monday’s GAO report, which found that smart cards could prevent Medicare fraud in nearly one-fourth of cases, the Secure ID Coalition has published a new one-pager examining how these findings compare to CMS' current fraud-reduction efforts. Please click here to check out why a smart card would be a huge boost to reducing fraud in Medicare.

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secureid@121gr.com (Administrator2) Wed, 24 Feb 2016 20:44:00 GMT https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/145-how-smart-cards-stack-up-against-current-fraud-reduction-efforts
Smart Cards Would Significantly Reduce Medicare Fraud, Newly Released GAO Report Finds https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/143-smart-cards-would-significantly-reduce-medicare-fraud-newly-released-gao-report-finds On Monday the Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirmed that smart cards would significantly reduce fraud in the Medicare program as detailed in the newly-released reportHealth Care Fraud: Information on Most Common Schemes and the Likely Effect of Smart Cards. "This report represents another addition to the growing body of evidence that smart cards are not only an effective means of ensuring program integrity, but also a critical tool for administering benefits in a healthcare setting," said Kelli Emerick, Executive Director of the Secure ID Coalition.

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secureid@121gr.com (Administrator2) Tue, 23 Feb 2016 18:31:07 GMT https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/143-smart-cards-would-significantly-reduce-medicare-fraud-newly-released-gao-report-finds
The Secure ID Coalition Applauds the National Cybersecurity Plan for Emphasizing the Importance ... https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/142-the-secure-id-coalition-applauds-the-national-cybersecurity-plan-for-emphasizing-the-importance-of-multifactor-authentication The Secure ID Coalition applauds the White House's newly-announced National Cybersecurity Plan as an important step towards securing the identities and personal information of American citizens. The Secure ID Coalition has led the way in advocating for the adoption of the latest technologies that protect the identities of Americans. The Coalition commends the Administration for highlighting the importance of multifactor authentication in securing public and private information systems as well as personal data of all American citizens.

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secureid@121gr.com (Administrator2) Tue, 09 Feb 2016 23:22:20 GMT https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/142-the-secure-id-coalition-applauds-the-national-cybersecurity-plan-for-emphasizing-the-importance-of-multifactor-authentication
The Internet of Things: Overdue for a Security Upgrade https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/141-the-internet-of-things-overdue-for-a-security-upgrade Lately everyone seems abuzz about the Internet of Things (IoT). And for good reason. A study released Wednesday by Gartner estimates that 4.9 billion "things" will be connected to the Internet of Things this year. The research also predicts that spending on IoT support services will increase from $69.5 billion in 2015 to $263 billion in 2015. With all this potential for growth, it's important that we keep some fundamentals in mind. And nothing is more fundamental than security when it comes to devices that will collect, transmit, and analyze our personal data.

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secureid@121gr.com (Administrator2) Fri, 13 Nov 2015 23:15:42 GMT https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/141-the-internet-of-things-overdue-for-a-security-upgrade
The Secure ID Coalition Calls on OPM to Fully Implement Authentication Security Requirements ... https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/140-the-secure-id-coalition-calls-on-opm-to-fully-implement-authentication-security-requirements-following-the-newly-revealed-data-breach On June 4, 2015, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) revealed it was the victim of a massive data breach that included the personal information of approximately four million current and former federal employees. The attack is only the latest in a series of major security failures at the agency, demonstrating the need to more fully implement existing information security regulations and take additional steps to restore public confidence in government.

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secureid@121gr.com (Administrator2) Fri, 12 Jun 2015 16:41:35 GMT https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/140-the-secure-id-coalition-calls-on-opm-to-fully-implement-authentication-security-requirements-following-the-newly-revealed-data-breach
SIDC Announces Its 2015 State ID Report https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/139-sidc-announces-its-2015-state-id-report The Secure ID Coalition is pleased to announce the release of its newest report, State Secure Identity Practices and Policies in 2015. In this document, the Coalition reviewed identity security policies and procedures in 10 U.S. states representing a majority of the U.S. population, and assigned each of the states a secure identity composite score that takes into account each state's primary identity documents, eGov practices, benefit card identity management, health & safety identity documents, and legal landscape. The report represents the start of an important dialogue regarding state identity security.

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secureid@121gr.com (Administrator2) Wed, 10 Jun 2015 18:32:56 GMT https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/139-sidc-announces-its-2015-state-id-report
IRS Data Breach Affirms the Need for Multifactor Authentication https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/137-irs-data-breach-affirms-the-need-for-multifactor-authentication Recent reports of a massive data breach at the IRS once again affirm the need for better authentication solutions to protect citizen information from criminals and fraudsters. The IRS acknowledged Tuesday that the records of over 100,000 taxpayers were breached using knowledge-based authentication processes known as KBA.

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secureid@121gr.com (Administrator2) Thu, 28 May 2015 20:36:12 GMT https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/137-irs-data-breach-affirms-the-need-for-multifactor-authentication
Privacy and Security Standards are Crucial to the Success of the Internet of Things https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/136-privacy-and-security-standards-are-secure-to-the-success-of-the-internet-of-things Today it seems like you can't browse a tech website or listen to a corporate CEO speak without hearing about the Internet of Things. And for good reason. As many commentators argue, the Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to dramatically reshape our daily lives, bringing convenience and efficiency that otherwise would have been limited to the realm of science fiction. 

However like all major innovations, the Internet of Things carries risks – particularly when it comes to privacy and security – and in recent weeks, several articles and organizations have highlighted the need for universally-recognized standards. We believe that it is absolutely crucial for all IoT-related standards to incorporate privacy and information security provisions to protect consumers.

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secureid@121gr.com (Administrator2) Fri, 03 Apr 2015 16:19:20 GMT https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/136-privacy-and-security-standards-are-secure-to-the-success-of-the-internet-of-things
SIDC Announces its Sponsorship of the 2015 connect:ID Conference https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/135-sidc-announces-sponsorship-connectid The Secure ID Coalition (SIDC) is thrilled to announce its participation in the 2015 connect:ID conference in Washington, D.C. on March 24-25. The SIDC is affirming its commitment to secure, privacy-enhancing technology solutions through its participation in the event as a Premier Partner.

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secureid@121gr.com (Administrator2) Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:38:41 GMT https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/135-sidc-announces-sponsorship-connectid
Health Data Breaches: Does the Federal Government Already Have the Authority to Begin Fixing ... https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/134-health-data-breaches-federal-government-have-authority Wednesday evening, Anthem, the second largest health insurance company in the United States, revealed that it had suffered a massive data breach. Anthem covers one in nine Americans and, as The Washington Post reports, this may amount to the largest data breach yet at a major insurance company. The problem with cybersecurity at many large organizations is that it doesn't easily factor into the cost-benefit risk analysis that executives use when making decisions to allocate time and money. And that's a problem.

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secureid@121gr.com (Administrator2) Thu, 05 Feb 2015 21:44:42 GMT https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/134-health-data-breaches-federal-government-have-authority
Data Privacy Day 2015: Highlighting the Importance of Data Stewardship https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/133-data-privacy-day-201 Virtually everyone would agree that organizations that collect, store, and access personal data should be held responsible in the event that the data is improperly accessed or released, from companies collecting data on digital consumers and governments collecting data on digital citizens. Nevertheless, the cultural norms and legal infrastructure necessary to promote responsible data stewardship are still in their infancy, and many executives and administrators have a difficult time justifying cybersecurity expenses that add little to the organization's bottom line over the short term.

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secureid@121gr.com (Administrator2) Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:59:42 GMT https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/133-data-privacy-day-201
GSA SmartPay Program Sets a High Standard for Security https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/132-gsa-smartpay-program The General Services Administration (GSA), the federal agency responsible for coordinating payment card distribution across the federal government, has launched the GSA SmartPay Program to secure federal payment cards secured with chip-and-PIN technology and save taxpayer dollars.

This is exciting news for payment authentication because, while most U.S. banks have announced that they will be issuing less secure ‘chip-and-signature’ credit cards, the federal government will set an important example by issuing all of its payment cards using the more secure ‘chip-and-PIN’ protocol. U.S. financial institutions should follow the SmartPay program’s lead and reduce payment fraud by issuing chip-and-PIN cards.

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secureid@121gr.com (Administrator2) Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:20:22 GMT https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/132-gsa-smartpay-program
Secure Smart Cards & Mobile Payments: Innovation for Today…and Tomorrow https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/131-secure-smart-cards-a-mobile-payments Today, The Hill published the Secure ID Coalition's response to Daniel Castro's recent op-ed describing chip-enabled smartcards as an "old" and "outdated" technology. Mr. Castro, of the Center for Data Innovation, could not have been more wrong. Chip & PIN, delivered on a smart card, is the only mature secure payment technology that has successfully protected tens of millions of consumers from actual fraud and identity theft. One day, mobile payments will be a convenient secure way to help consumers conduct their financial transactions, but this emerging technology has many years of development, standardization and interoperability ahead.

You can read our full response by clicking here.

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secureid@121gr.com (Administrator2) Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:11:40 GMT https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/131-secure-smart-cards-a-mobile-payments
Scarier Than Zombies: Medical Identity Fraud Should Terrify You This Halloween https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/130-scarier-than-zombies This Halloween, amidst the candy chomping, pumpkin carving, and costume wearing, the word "scary" will probably evoke images of zombies, vampires, and other monsters. While they can't hurt us in reality, we thought we'd focus on something that's not only truly terrifying, but real: data breaches. Like movie monsters, not all data breaches are created equal. One of the most horrifying types of data breach – if not the most traumatic – involves personal medical data. The worst a zombie can do is rise from the dead to feast on your flesh; healthcare data thieves, on the other hand, can not only imperil your life, but wipe out your finances – a fate almost worse than death.

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secureid@121gr.com (Administrator2) Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:23:44 GMT https://www.secureidcoalition.org/index.php/blog/35-blog/130-scarier-than-zombies