OCR Boosts HIPAA Enforcement Initiatives
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.May 13, 2010
The healthcare industry can soon expect a greater emphasis on enforcing HIPAA, Health Data Management reports. The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has added investigators in 10 regional offices. "We're hoping that with additional feet on the ground, we'll be able to do many more security cases as the year moves forward," said Susan McAndrew, deputy director for privacy at the OCR. Speaking at the Safeguarding Health Information conference in Washington, DC this week, McAndrew said this year the healthcare industry will start to see the realization of HITECH's initiatives. "We're hoping to move security to the forefront and make it a real partner with privacy in enforcement."