March 21, 2011 - The HHS Office for Civil Rights in its fiscal year 2010 budget request is asking for $46.7 million in funding, an increase of $5.6 million over the current level, and with 76 percent of the new funds going for increased enforcement of health information privacy and security rules.
OCR's budget for health information privacy and security was $19.857 million in both fiscal years 2010 and 2011. The privacy/security FY 2010 request for $24.122 million - a $4.265 million increase - reflects a sharply increased workload because of the HITECH Act's provisions to strengthen and more aggressively enforce the HIPAA privacy and security rules, as well as enforce the breach notification rule.
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