HHS Department Includes Privacy Enforcement Efforts on Web Site

April 25, 2007 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has revamped its Web site to include information about the agency's privacy enforcement efforts.

According to a press release, the Web site will provide information about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act privacy regulation (See HHS Releases Final HIPAA Enforcement Regs ), and the activities of the agency’s Office for Civil Rights .

More specifically, the Web site includes:

  • Information on patients’ rights to have access to their health records and to control how protected health data are used and disclosed
  • Information for consumers, health care providers, health plans and others in the health care industry about HHS’s compliance efforts
  • The results of privacy rule enforcement activities, and statistics showing which types of complaints are received most frequently and the types of entities most often required to take corrective [action] as a result of consumer complaints.

The Web site is at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/enforcement .