Friday, March 11, 2011

HIPAA Civil Lawsuit Training Offered by Federal Government for State Attorneys Generals

There is a new emphasis on HIPAA enforcement at the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (HHS/OCR). The latest example is a program to train state attorneys generals in how to file a HIPAA federal civil lawsuit.
"State attorneys general will be better prepared to carry out their new authority under the HITECH Act in enforcing HIPAA." - Susan McAndrew, deputy director for health information privacy at the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights.
The training for the attorneys generals and their staffs will be offered in Dallas, Atlanta, Washington, and San Francisco. OCR will pay all expenses for two members of each state's attorney general's office to attend the training. "Once those meetings are completed, we'll have computer-based training available as well," said Susan McAndrew at the HHS/OCR.
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The training was announced at the National HIPAA Summit in Washington. Also announced was that the planning for the long-delayed HIPAA compliance audit program, mandated under the HITECH Act, is continuing, with a pilot of one or more audit models likely to take place later this year. McAndrew, however, declined to say whether the actual audit program could be launched by year's end.
"We are serious about HIPAA enforcement." - Valerie Morgan-Alston, HHS/OCR deputy director for enforcement and regional operations
Sources:
(a) State AGs to Get HIPAA Lawsuit Training - govinfosecurity.com, March, 2011

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