[ Wednesday, February 10, 2010 ]


HIPAA's Relevance: How dare she ask this question? Actually, the concern that OCR isn't doing much/enough rests on the assumption that there are a lot of violations that aren't being pursued. What if most healthcare providers and health plans actually are good stewards of the privacy and confidentiality of their patients and beneficiaries? But the real reason why some of us care about HIPAA (and why you should), other than that privacy really is important in its own right, is because (i) individual State Attorneys General can now enforce HIPAA, and (ii) injured individuals can get a slice of the recovery pie. OCR may be slow to act, but they're no longer the only sheriff in town.

Jeff [1:41 PM]

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