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OCR's McAndrew: "Consequences" for HIPAA Violations

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

April 20, 2011

In an interview with Healthcare Info Security, the Office for Civil Rights' Susan McAndrew warned of "consequences" to HIPAA violators saying, "covered entities need to take seriously their obligations to come into full compliance with HIPAA" and that "it's important to cooperate with my office." McAndrew added, "We still believe in voluntarily resolving these cases whenever we can because that's the best way of ensuring long term that the covered entity really understands what their obligations are and has taken adequate steps to meet them." McAndrew also noted that the HIPAA compliance audit program is "an ongoing effort" and the OCR has invited state attorneys general for training on filing civil suits under the HITECH Act. 
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