Leon Rodriguez, director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights, could leave the HIPAA enforcement agency to become the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services if his presidential nomination is formalized and he wins Senate approval.
Another federal investigation of a relatively small health data breach has resulted in a financial penalty, this time for a physician group practice in Massachusetts. Find out the details behind the settlement.
Karen DeSalvo, M.D., health commissioner of New Orleans, will be the next national coordinator for health IT. What privacy and security issues will she face as leader of the office that crafts guidelines for the HITECH Act's EHR incentive program?
Healthcare organizations subject to an HHS fraud or breach investigation need to ensure they're prepared and can respond in a timely manner when investigators visit on-site, says former federal investigator Stephen Morreale.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights, which enforces HIPAA, has some compliance issues of its own to address, according to a new inspector general report. But OCR officials say they've been addressing those matters.
Federal regulators plan to give healthcare providers an extra year to comply with requirements, including enhanced privacy and security measures, for Stage 2 of the HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program.
The Department of Health and Human Services should make several revisions in its plans for a revamp of the HIPAA accounting of disclosures rule and conduct pilot tests before implementing a final rule, an advisory panel recommends.
Joy Pritts, chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, offers insights on the best ways to prevent data breaches involving lost or stolen devices or records snooping.
New payment card security standards issued by the PCI Council include a number of improvements, plus some glaring omissions, such as requirements for mobile, security experts say. What are their chief concerns?
A congressional committee grilled representatives from four technology vendors providing services for the Obamacare website, questioning, for example, whether the site is putting consumer privacy at risk.
Learn how the partial government shutdown is hampering a wide variety of important Department of Health and Human Services programs, ranging from patient privacy protection to disease outbreak detection.
Despite a partial government shutdown, the Department of Health and Human Services has launched key initiatives, including health insurance exchanges, that have significant privacy and security components.
While state health insurance exchanges have opened for business despite the partial shutdown of the federal government, two Department of Health and Human Services units that deal with privacy and security issues are virtually closed.