The HHS Office for Civil Rights is asking for $46.7 million in funding, an increase of $5.6 million over the current level. 76 percent of the new funds will be for increased enforcement of health information privacy and security rules.
Lessons Learned: Increased enforcement of existing and new regulatory requirements are on the way. Is your organization prepared and meeting all compliance requirements for HIPAA/HITECH or are you willing to take your chances? Based on numerous other lessons learned stories in this blog (search the Lessons Learned Blog for your sector or other keywords), getting your compliance program in shape sooner than later makes a lot of sense.