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“The newly confirmed secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, has the potential to reset critical national healthcare priorities and policies, including those related to security and privacy. But what action will he take regarding HIPAA enforcement and other related issues?”

“The secretary sets departmental priorities – so Alex Azar will have an enormous impact on the priorities of the Office for Civil Rights and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, potentially more so than for other parts of HHS, because OCR and ONC are both actually part of the Office of the Secretary…”

“Without a doubt, the secretary has the power to reset the priorities of OCR if he chooses to – such as by paring back or ramping up enforcement, focusing enforcement on particular aspects of the HIPAA Rules…” Read the full article here.

Source: New HHS Secretary Alex Azar: Will He Shake Up Priorities? – By Marianne Kolbasuk McGee, January 25, 2018. Govinfo Security.

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