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The Importance of Incident Response Plans – Detection & Analysis

By: Tom Skoog, Cybersecurity & Data Management Practice Leader Last month, we introduced the concept and importance of Incident Response Plans as part of overall cybersecurity. As stated previously, The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a framework all incident response plans should consider, including: Preparation Detection & Analysis Containment & Eradication […]

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Recommendations to Protect Against Potential Cyberattacks

By: Tom Skoog, Cybersecurity and Data Management Practice Leader As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues, the Biden Administration issued a statement mandating the federal government strengthen its cybersecurity positions and encouraged the private sector to take similar actions. This is in reaction to an expected significant increase in cyberattacks (ransomware, data thefts, etc.) […]

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The Rising Costs for Cyber Insurance and What You Need To Know

By: Tom Skoog, Cybersecurity and Data Management Practice Leader Over the last 12 months, many companies renewing their cyber insurance coverage received quotes with significantly increased rates and severely reduced coverage limits. Why? Let’s start with the history of why it was created in the first place. History of Cyber Insurance The cyber market started in the late 1990s when few companies thought […]

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Manufacturers – The Perfect Target for Cybercriminals

With increasing speed and consistency, data breaches and financial losses due to cybersecurity incidents are occurring across companies of all types – and small and medium-sized manufacturing companies are not exempt. Manufacturing continues to be a top target of cybercriminals. As reported in the 2019 Verizon Breach Report, the industry experienced 536 incidents, 73 with […]

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Columbus CEO Talks Cybersecurity and Data Management with Blue & Co.

The following article was made available and moderated by Ray Paprocki, publisher and general manager at Columbus CEO. In this article, Ray interviews Tom Skoog, the Cybersecurity and Data Management practice leader at Blue & Co., LLC. Columbus CEO Virtual Roundtable: Cybersecurity The U.S. government recently blamed the Russians for a major hack of federal […]

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On-Demand Webinar: New DoD Cybersecurity Requirements for the Construction Industry

This session was presented on both December 9 and December 17 from Noon to 1 p.m. Eastern. During both sessions, Tom Skoog, Cybersecurity & Data Management Practice Leader, and Doug Wise, CPA, led a discussion on the upcoming DoD cybersecurity requirements and how it will potentially impact construction firms who work with DoD contracts. Topics […]

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On-Demand Webinar: Importance of Data in Industry 4.0

Join Us! On Tuesday, December 15, Tom Skoog, Cybersecurity & Data Management Practice Leader, and Stephen Stringer, CPA, led a discussion on Industry 4.0 and how manufacturers can best collect, manage, and protect data. They discussed: Technological innovations in manufacturing and Industry 4.0 Why data is so important to manufacturers of all sizes and how […]

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FBI Warns Ransomware Attacks Threaten US Healthcare System

Health systems are being warned by federal officials that cybercriminals are preparing to unleash a wave of ransomware attacks designed to lock up hospital information systems, which could hurt patient care just as nationwide cases of COVID-19 are spiking. It is anticipated by federal authorities this attack will occur this weekend. The attackers are utilizing […]

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Healthcare Use Cases for Robotic Process Automation

According to a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 34.2% of all U.S. healthcare spending is attributable to administrative costs. In many cases, the administrative overhead of healthcare providers represents a similarly large portion of overall annual expense. In an effort to reduce costs that do not add to the value of […]

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Blue & Co., LLC Announces New Partnership With Vsimple | Vsimple and Blue and Co logo

Blue & Co., LLC Announces New Partnership With Vsimple

CARMEL, Ind. (May 5, 2022) – Blue & Co., LLC is excited to announce our new partnership with Vsimple, a workflow management software company based in New Albany, IN.  Blue & Co and Vsimple will be working closely together to address the workflow and process improvement challenges of manufacturers throughout the Midwest. “At Blue & […]

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Proposed Rule FY 2023 for Skilled Nursing Facilities

Proposed Rule FY 2023 for Skilled Nursing Facilities

It is that time of year again! The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the proposed rule that would update Medicare payment policies and rates for the fiscal year (FY) 2023’s Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS). The Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) was implemented on October 1, 2019. This […]

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Coverage Scheduling Solutions for Physician Practices and Hospital Systems

Scheduling Solutions for Clinician Work-Life Balance

One of the most challenging conversations in any multi-physician practice or specialty-based hospital employed group is about how to create a fair distribution of on-call and/or inpatient hospital service coverage while balancing the duties of an outpatient practice. The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to clinician burnout, and physicians and Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) place significant […]

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