Roger Severino, director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights, told HIMSS18 conference attendees this week that he plans no slowdown in HIPAA enforcement.
“I come from the Department of Justice Office for Civil Rights; I bring that mindset to OCR. We’re still looking for big, juicy egregious cases” for enforcement, Severino said, according to this report in Data Breach Today. That doesn’t mean smaller companies should assume they are off the radar, he added.
He said 2017 was OCR’s second biggest year for HIPAA settlements with $19.4 million collected, second only to 2016 in which OCR collected nearly $25 million.