OCR invites state AGs to gear up for HIPAA security crackdown

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in the Department of Health and Human Services is expanding its fight against HIPAA security and privacy violations, as mandated by the HITECH Act. The OCR, a relatively small office with limited manpower, is now inviting the attorneys general of all 50 states to receive training in HIPAA enforcement. The training course will help the attorneys general and their staffs understand HIPAA rules and the penalties for violating them, and also will teach them how to investigate possible violations. The HITECH Act gives the attorneys general the authority to bring civil actions in this area. --Read the full article at FierceHealthIT

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