Corporate Compliance

OCR needs $5 million more in FY 2012 for HIPAA enforcement

Compliance Monitor, March 23, 2011

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the enforcer of the HIPAA privacy and security rules, is asking for an increase of $5.6 million in its fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget proposal, mostly to adhere to HIPAA compliance and enforcement requirements.

Nearly half ($2.283 million) is needed because of OCR’s requirement to hire “regional privacy officers” who offer guidance and education to covered entities, business associates, and individuals regarding HIPAA privacy and security.

OCR is requesting another $1.335 million to help investigate HITECH breach reports. As of September 30, 2010, OCR received a total of 9,300 breach reports—of which 191 impact more than 500 individuals.

The numbers have increased since the report. As of Wednesday, March 16, 249 entities have reported breaches affecting 500 or more individuals to OCR.

Read more at HCPro’s HIPAA Update Blog

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