Leon Rodriguez

By Anthony Brino 09:28 am April 23, 2013
After last year's mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut, the Obama Administration has been looking for ways to address gun violence, either through new legal reforms or by working with existing policy, and one option is to clarify HIPAA provisions that may be preventing the reporting of mental health information to the national background...
By Erin McCann 10:53 am April 17, 2013
More than 500 patients at the Arizona Counseling and Treatment Services are being notified of a HIPAA breach after a company laptop containing patients' personal health information was stolen from an employee's home, according to a Yuma Sun report.
By Erin McCann 10:07 am March 14, 2013
The University of Connecticut Health Center has notified some 1,400 patients of a healthcare data breach after discovering in January that a former employee had accessed patient records inappropriately.
By Mac McMillan 03:17 pm February 18, 2013
This past December, Healthcare IT News and HIMSS Media sponsored the Privacy & Security Forum in Boston, hosting more than 200 folks from all sectors of the industry to present ideas around and discuss various topics related to privacy and security.
By Erin McCann 02:13 pm February 18, 2013
2013 has already proved to be a big year for patient privacy. HHS released the long-awaited HIPAA final rule. Legislation that would regulate how mHealth app developers collect data was drafted. And the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) started the year off with stricter enforcement relating to privacy breaches.
Leon Rodriguez
By Tom Sullivan 09:48 am January 18, 2013
The most eagerly awaited -- if not anxiety-laden -- set of regulations in the healthcare spectrum arrived January 17: HHS issued modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement and Breach Notification Rules. The man charged with enforcing the rules said they represent "sweeping changes."
By Erin McCann 03:11 pm January 02, 2013
In what's been billed as the first HIPAA breach settlement involving fewer than 500 patients, Hospice of North Idaho will pay the Department of Health and Human Services $50,000 to settle potential HIPAA violations stemming from a 2010 incident, HHS officials announced Wednesday.
By Erin McCann 01:54 pm December 18, 2012
For the coming new year, healthcare groups and their business associates need to get their privacy and security houses in order, as they will be facing new audits and more monetary enforcement surrounding data breaches -- this according to Leon Rodriguez, director of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services.
By Mike Miliard 11:14 am December 14, 2012
At the Healthcare IT News/HIMSS Media Privacy & Security Forum in Boston on Dec. 13, two CIOs offered their tips on conducting risk assessments -- and the OCR's chief enforcer reminded the audience of the high cost of not doing them.
By Erin McCann 01:10 pm September 17, 2012
Another HIPAA data breach settlement has been reached, this time with the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Associates Inc., which will pay $1.5 million to the Department of Health and Human Services for potential violations of the HIPAA Security Rule.

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