HIPAA Security Rule Enforcement Delegated to OCR

Today HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that enforcement of the Security Rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) will be delegated to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

The official delegation occurred on July 27, 2009. More information about the transition of authority for the administration and enforcement of the Security Rule can be found in the OCR press release. The official Delegation of Authority by the Office of the Secretary has been issued and will appear in the August 4, 2009 Federal Register.

Prior to today, administration and enforcement of the HIPAA Security Rule has been the responsibility of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).