What You Should Know About OCR HIPAA Privacy Rule
Be aware of misleading marketing claims
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has made available
on its website guidance materials on the Privacy Rule as a service to
the public to help covered entities comply with the rule and to help
consumers know how they are protected by the Privacy Rule. All items on
our Educational Materials page (http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa/assist.html)
have either been produced directly by OCR or have been reviewed by OCR
prior to their publication. OCR also provides links to other useful
sites, but does not review or endorse the materials found on those
We have received reports that some consultants and
education providers have claimed that they or their materials or systems
are endorsed or required by HHS or, specifically, by OCR. In fact, HHS
and OCR do not endorse any private consultants' or education providers'
seminars, materials or systems, and do not certify any persons or
products as "HIPAA compliant." The Privacy Rule does not require
attendance at any specific seminars. All of OCR's materials are
available free on our web site.
If you believe anyone is making false or misleading
representations about HHS or OCR in regard to HIPAA training and
compliance, please notify us via email at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by
postal mail at Office for Civil Rights, 200 Independence Ave, S.W., Room
509F, Washington, D.C. 20201.