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OCR Taking Stronger Approach To Enforcement

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

April 11, 2011

If the $1 million settlement reached by Massachusetts General Hospital and the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) last month is any indication of what's to come, the OCR plans to take healthcare privacy enforcement seriously. In this Daily Dashboard exclusive, Susan Rhodes of the OCR discusses the recent settlement with Massachusetts General and offers advice on how to stay compliant with healthcare privacy and security rules. Strengthened by the HITECH Act, the OCR is now taking a "strong enforcement approach," to healthcare privacy rules, Rhodes said, adding that state attorneys general are now doing the same.
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