Corporate Compliance

OCR's new head: Leon Rodriguez

Compliance Monitor, September 21, 2011

HHS named Leon Rodriguez the new leader of the government’s HIPAA privacy and security enforcer, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced in a September 13 press release. Rodriguez previously served as chief of staff and deputy assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

He will spearhead the department’s work to ensure greater consumer confidence through strong and effective enforcement of the privacy and security of protected health information, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in the press release.

“Leon Rodriguez brings a strong record of integrity, leadership, and judgment with his outstanding expertise as a state and federal prosecutor,” Sebelius added. “He has devoted his career to ensuring that individuals have access to healthcare, including children and families, the elderly, and people with disabilities.”

Rodriguez replaces Georgina Verdugo, who after two years as director has returned to California and her career as a civil rights lawyer and advocate, an OCR spokesperson confirmed September 14.

Read more on HIPAA Update.

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