[ Friday, October 31, 2008 ]


OIG slaps down HHS for lax HIPAA enforcement: The OIG has sent HHS a letter grading it's HIPAA enforcement activities. Apparently the OIG wants HHS to be more like it, at least in terms of aggressiveness. HHS' mechanism for complaints is good, but they need to investigate more, says the OIG. The OIG thinks that it's seen information in its own investigations that show that lots of healthcare players put medical information at "high risk," and HHS should be sniffing that out better. Color me skeptical. . . .

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Jeff [10:26 AM]

Three years and waiting for the completion of a HHS/ Office of Civil Rights - Chicago Office investigation of political appointees accessing drug records of a civil servant in an effort to relieve that civil servant of his duties!
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