October 05, 2017

In this article, Jenner & Block Partner David P. Saunders examines whether the US Department of Health & Human Services has become more responsive and less proactive in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enforcement under the new administration. 

Pointing to robust enforcement in early 2017 compared to a later five-month period featuring only one compliance agreement, Mr. Saunders concedes that the recent resignation of the department’s secretary may mean yet another shift in its enforcement approach.

“The direction of HHS may very well depend on who is appointed as the next secretary;” Mr. Saunders writes, adding that it could be “something we may not know for some time.”