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.

McAndrew started her government career at the Food and Drug Administration, where she helped to craft the Food Stamp Act of 1997. She later practiced law in the District of Columbia for a dozen years before joining HHS in 2000 as a contractor to help develop HIPAA privacy regulations, and became leader of the OCR health privacy unit in 2001.

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