The HHS Office for Civil Rights is seeking a 13.5 percent increase in its budget for fiscal 2012 to fund initiatives primarily designed to enforce HIPAA and HITECH Act provisions for privacy and security.
Insurer Health Net is notifying 1.9 million individuals that their healthcare and personal information may have been breached as a result of nine server drives missing from a California data center managed by IBM.
Roundup of news and insights from the National HIPAA Summit, including the announcement that state attorneys general soon will receive training on how to file federal civil lawsuits for HIPAA violations.
Joy Pritts of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT says the office intends to develop standards that would give patients the ability to exclude clinicians from accessing certain portions of their electronic health records.
Deven McGraw, co-chair of the Privacy and Security Tiger Team that's advising federal regulators, offers insights on how the team's recommendations might be implemented and what topics it will tackle next.