Last week, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) added a new data section on its Compliance and Enforcement Web Site. The new section can be viewed at www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/enforcement/data.html. The public can now access enhanced information about several aspects of OCR’s enforcement program, including:
- Charts showing state-specific case investigation results;
- Calendar-year enforcement-results graphs and charts;
- Calendar-year graph showing complaint receipts; and
- Yearly variation in the issues in cases resolved through corrective action.
Below is a chart posted on OCR’s new data section illustrating enforcement results for New Jersey:
Another interesting chart lists the top five types of complaints for each of the last 5 years. It is worth noting that between 2003-2007, the top 4 types of complaints were exactly the same, in the following order:
- #1 – Impermissible Uses and Disclosures
- #2 – Safeguards
- #3 – Access
- #4 – Minimum Necessary
The last spot has changed from 2003 through 2007, with last year’s number 5 spot being taken by "Notice" issues.