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McGraw heads up HIPAA policy, enforcement at OCR

HIM-HIPAA Insider, July 6, 2015

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Deven McGraw, a well-known health data privacy expert and federal legal advisor, just joined the HHS Office for Civil Rights on June 29. She takes over as deputy director of health information privacy and will head up the agency’s HIPAA policy and enforcement efforts.

OCR announced the appointment earlier in June. McGraw comes to OCR from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where she was a partner and co-chair of the law firm’s privacy and data security practice. The firm has offices in California, New York, Washington, D.C., and Mexico.

McGraw also served as the director of the Health Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology and the chief operating officer at the National Partnership for Women & Families, both of which are located in Washington, D.C.

McGraw will spearhead OCR’s policy, enforcement, and outreach efforts on the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules, as well as head up the agency’s work on presidential and departmental priorities on health privacy and security, according to a statement from OCR.

OCR says McGraw brings a wealth of experience to her new role from the private sector and the world of nonprofit advocacy. She’s written extensively on HIPAA issues and has testified before Congress on numerous occasions. She was also appointed to a federal health IT policy committee in 2009 and chaired the panel’s privacy and security workgroup.

This article appeared on HCPro’s HIPAA Update blog. Stay up to date on all things HIPAA by signing up for e-mail updates from this blog.

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