HHS Office for Civil Rights Senior Advisor for HIPAA Compliance and Enforcement, Iliana Peters, joins Kortney at HCCA’s Compliance Institute to give our listeners an OCR Enforcement Update, including:
- Recent cases and settlements reflecting ongoing compliance and enforcement issues;
- The importance of enterprise-wide risk analysis and safeguards required by the Security Rule;
- Privacy and disclosure issues (and tips for getting employees to understand who, what, where, and when they may disclose);
- Breach trends and issues with cybersecurity;
- The scary business of removable media like laptops, thumb drives, and cell phones (if it can walk away, it will);
- Changes to provisions in the HITECH Act regarding sharing of recoveries;
- Guidance on PMI research programs and the “All of US” campaign (How do you protect information when HIPAA doesn’t cover it?) ; and
- Advice for dealing with Certified EHR Technology.
Iliana L. Peters, J.D., LL.M., is the Senior Advisor for HIPAA Compliance and Enforcement at the HHS Office for Civil Rights. In this role, Ms. Peters is the national lead for OCR enforcement of the HIPAA Rules, and works closely with OCR’s ten regional offices to promote compliance with the HIPAA Rules. Additionally, she supports many other OCR policy and outreach initiatives, including rulemakings, compliance initiatives with other federal agencies, and training, including of the State Attorneys General.
Prior to joining the Health Information Privacy Division headquartered in D.C., Ms. Peters worked as an Equal Opportunity Specialist and compliance investigator in Region VI in Dallas, Texas. Ms. Peters received her Law Degree from Duke University’s School of Law and her Masters of Law in Health Care Law from the University of Houston’s, Law Center’s, Health Law and Policy Institute. Prior to joining OCR, she worked in private practice in San Antonio, Texas.