HIPAA Enforcement Training of State Attorneys General
Susan McAndrews, OCR’s (Office for Civil Rights) deputy director for health information privacy, sent an unambiguous message about HIPAA compliance enforcement when she stated, “There will be enforcement consequences for failure to comply with HIPAA privacy and security obligations.” This statement aired on the cusp of two high-profile cases involving HIPAA violations that resulted in steep monetary penalties. In addition, the HITECH Act breach notification rule generated 240 major health information breaches still under current OCR investigation. McAndrews urges CE’s embroiled in an investigation to cooperate with the OCR in coming to resolution and remediation.
In April, the OCR is set to conduct training courses for SAG (state attorneys general) on HIPAA privacy and security rules, the HITECH Act, and how to investigate, identify and prosecute potential violations. In doing so, McAndrews stated, “It is always the hope that they [SAG] fully appreciate what the HIPAA privacy and security rules are all about that they will be anxious to add them to the general privacy protections that already exist in their state.”
The bottom line for CEs (covered entities) and BAs (business associates) is HIPAA privacy and security compliance is no longer an option; voluntary compliance means fine avoidance. The best strategy for CEs and BAs to achieve organization-wide compliance is through educating every individual who comes in contact with PHI (protected health information). Training that results in certification proves that a healthcare entity considers HIPAA compliance a priority and minimizes the chances of those costly security and privacy breaches.
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Posted on March 16, 2011, in HIPAA, News, Training and tagged healthcare information technology, HIPAA, HIPAA compliance, HIPAA Courses, HIPAA Enforcement Training, HIPAA Security and Privacy, HIPAA Training, HITECH, HITECH Act, OCR, OCR investigations, SAG, Susan McAndrews. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.