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HHS Asks for Money to Enforce HIPAA/HITECH

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March 17, 2011- As stated in the article above, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), housed within The Department of Health and Human Services, is looking to increase HITECH/HIPAA enforcement over the coming year. In order to effectively do so they may need increased resources. Addressing the need, a spokesman for OCR stated, "OCR is the primary defender of the public's right to privacy and security of protected health information and the public's right to non-discriminatory access to federally-funded health and human services, and we take these responsibilities very seriously.”


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