Top Health Privacy Enforcer at HHS Retires

Susan McAndrew, leader of the HHS Office for Civil Rights unit that enforces the HIPAA privacy, security, breach notification and enforcement rules, has retired. Christina Heide, senior advisor for health information privacy policy at OCR and a veteran of the unit since 1999, is serving as acting deputy director for health information privacy. Under McAndrew, more than 20 organizations have paid significant fines and entered into comprehensive corrective action programs after failing to comply with core components of HIPAA, and hundreds of others that have experienced a breach have worked with the privacy unit to improve security.

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