Wednesday, April 18, 2012

‘Monetary Enforcement’ Is the New Aim Of OCR

The $1.5 million settlement that the Office for Civil Rights recently reached with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee heralds a new era of “monetary enforcement” by the agency, in contrast to its long-standing approach of what OCR Director Leon Rodriguez termed “hand-holding.”

In an interview with RPP, Rodriguez discussed the settlement and OCR’s plan to refocus its enforcement in pursuit of what he called “high-impact cases.”

Rodriguez emphasized as well that covered entities (CEs) and business associates (BAs), in the future, will face sanctions on all lapses discovered during an investigation regardless of whether they are directly related to the incident that sparked OCR’s attention in the first place.

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