HHS Puts Industry On Notice: OCR Is Serious About HIPAA Enforcement

HHS has now sent a clear message to entities bound by HIPAA – HIPAA must be taken seriously. Indeed, in the HHS press release related to the Mass General incident, OCR Director Georgina Verdugo indicated that entities bound by HIPAA must ensure they have an effective compliance plan in place in order to avoid enforcement penalties. Specifically, Verduga stated, “[w]e hope the health care industry will take a close look at this [Mass General Resolution] agreement and recognize that OCR is serious about HIPAA enforcement.

via United States, Pharmaceutical, Healthcare & Life Sciences, HHS Puts Industry On Notice: OCR Is Serious About HIPAA Enforcement – McGuireWoods LLP – 03/03/2011, Healthcare.