By Erin McCann
Healthcare IT News
Originally published September 24, 2013
When Office for Civil Rights Director Leon Rodriguez took the stage Monday to talk HIPAA at the HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News Privacy and Security Forum, the timing was perfect.
With the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule taking effect Sept. 23, Rodgriguez talked to the increased enforcement to come, the importance of properly safeguarding patient privacy and the what-not-to-dos, or the breach blunders, that have resulted in hefty monetary penalties for some groups who failed to take patient privacy and security seriously.
"Today is a critical day for the Omnibus," said Rodriguez, who explained that the agency is working to strike a balance between effective enforcement and clearly communicating what all the rules are surrounding patient privacy and security.