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HIPAA Compliance, Enforcement Top Priority For New Agency Head

By September 16, 2017March 1st, 2023Technology News

Roger Severino is a man on a mission. If you’re not familiar with the name, and your company has to comply with HIPAA regulations, then you’ll probably be hearing a lot about (and from) him in the months and years ahead.

Mr. Severino was recently appointed as the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office For Civil Rights, which makes him the agency’s chief enforcer where HIPAA violations are concerned. His stated mission is, in his own words, to find a “big, juicy, egregious breach case to use as an example from which others can learn.”

Since taking over the office, Severino has been hard at work. He has just completed a massive overhaul of the agency’s “Wall of Shame,” which is a website that lists all the breaches they’ve investigated, and all the companies found to be in violation of HIPAA regulations.

One of the most common complaints about the Wall of Shame was not that it existed and shined a bright light on HIPAA offenders, but that it was extremely dated, and only offered a simple alphabetic listing of companies.

The new website provides complete and better information about not just who has been found to be in violation, but whether they’ve taken steps to correct the problems, and what their current status is.

Even so, it would be a mistake to view Severino as a friend. His job is to make sure that people who violate HIPAA regulations are raked over the coals for it, and as he himself has stated, he’s on the hunt for a company to make an example of.

If you work with PHI or PII, you’d best be sure that you’re following HIPAA regulations to the letter. Otherwise, the next time you hear Mr. Severino’s name, it could be on an official piece of correspondence from his department. Don’t be his target!

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.