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OCR Rolls Out HIPAA Training Plan for AGs

Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, March 10, 2011

The training takes places at the following sites and dates:

  • Dallas: April 4 and 5
  • Atlanta: May 9 and 10
  • Washington, DC (metro area): May 19 and 20
  • San Francisco: June 13 and 14

Jeff Drummond, health law partner in the Dallas office of Jackson Walker, LLP, puts adding state attorneys general to the HIPAA enforcement mix this way: "There are 50 new sheriffs in town."

"Most state AGs are elected, and almost all of them do everything they can to get re-elected," says Drummond. "That means they'll be much more susceptible to public or political pressure to pursue HIPAA violations, particularly if there's a 'good story' behind the breach. They want to be seen as protecting the little guy, and they're much more incentivized" than OCR.

Dom Nicastro is a contributing writer. He edits the Medical Records Briefings newsletter and manages the HIPAA Update Blog.

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