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Susan McAndrew

Module 0: Course Introduction and Administration


Duration: 10:24

Susan McAndrew:
Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy (HIP)
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Since 2001

As Deputy Director, Ms. McAndrew has responsibility for implementing and enforcing the Privacy Rule issued pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Ms. McAndrew has worked primarily on HIPAA for HHS since May 2000 and is the senior advisor to the Director of OCR on health information privacy matters. In July 2009, the Secretary delegated to OCR authority for the HIPAA Security Rule, thereby consolidating in the HIP Division responsibility for policy and enforcement of both the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. In addition to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, in 2006, the Secretary delegated to OCR the responsibility for enforcement of the confidentiality protections for patient safety work product under the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, and, on January 19, 2009, the HIP Division began leading this new enforcement effort. Ms. McAndrew has over 20 years of federal government experience with HHS and, earlier, with the Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service.

Ms. McAndrew received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to joining HHS, she practiced law in the District of Columbia, including twelve years at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) and three years with the general counsel’s office of the Legal Services Corporation.


Verne Rinker

Module 1: State Attorneys General Enforcement of Federal Health Privacy Law


Duration: 42:31

Module 5: Federal Enforcement of HIPAA -


Duration: 37:34

Verne Rinker:
Health Information Privacy Specialist
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Since 1999

Mr. Rinker leads OCR’s enforcement efforts for the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005. He also serves as the primary contact for health information privacy issues related to emergency preparedness and HIV/AIDS and as a member of the health information privacy team that enforces the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.

Prior to working for OCR, Verne served in the Medicare Contractor Management Group in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Verne began his HHS career as a Presidential Management Intern with CMS. Through the Presidential Management Intern program, he served in the HHS Office of the General Counsel and at the Office of Management and Budget.

Verne received a J.D. from the University of Houston Law School and an M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health. He received a B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.A. in Science, Technology and Public Policy from North Carolina State University.


Iliana Peters

Module 2: HIPAA Privacy Fundamentals


Duration: 108:42

Module 4: Effects of ARRAHITECH


Duration: 21:55

Module 8: HIPAA Enforcement Support and Resources


Duration: 18:31

Iliana Peters:
Health Information Privacy Specialist
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Since 2005

Ms. Peters is a policy development team lead for rulemaking efforts, which has included work on the Genetic Information Non‐Discrimination Act and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act. She also has supported efforts on many other OCR policy, enforcement, and outreach initiatives. Prior to joining the HIP Division headquartered in DC, Ms. Peters worked as an Equal Opportunity Specialist and compliance investigator in Region VI in Dallas, Texas.

Ms. Peters received her Masters of Law in Health Care Law from the University of Houston’s Law Center’s Health Law and Policy Institute and her Law Degree from Duke University’s School of Law. She previously worked for the health‐care section of Cox, Smith, in San Antonio, Texas.


David Holtzman

Module 3: HIPAA Security Fundamentals


Duration: 50:36

David Holtzman:
Health Information Privacy Specialist
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Since 2005

David Holtzman is currently serving as the program team leader for HIPAA Security Rule enforcement. Prior to joining HHS, David was the Privacy & Security Officer for Kaiser Permanente’s Mid‐Atlantic Region where he was responsible for implementing and directing the continuing compliance with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. He has spent his career focused on healthcare regulatory issues, first with the New York State Assembly and later with the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Mr. Holtzman is a graduate of the State University of New York and the Western New England College, School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the State of New York.


Louis Altarescu

Module 6: Investigating and Prosecuting Potential HIPAA Violations


Duration: 101:54

Module 7: HIPAA and State Law


Duration: 33:37

Louis Altarescu:
Attorney in the Civil Rights Division
Office of the General Counsel
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Since 1989

Mr. Altarescu serves as a legal advisor to the Office for Civil Rights in implementing and enforcing the HIPAA Privacy Rule. He served as the OCR Director’s special assistant for health privacy during the development of the proposed and final Privacy Rule.

Prior to working on health information privacy legal matters, Mr. Altarescu provided legal advice to OCR in enforcing civil rights laws including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Interethnic Adoption law, and the Age Discrimination Act. In earlier years with the Department, he had special assignments with the White House Office of Counsel to the President and with the HHS Office of the General Counsel’s Legislative Division.

Prior to joining HHS, Mr. Altarescu served as an attorney with the State of Maryland Office of the Attorney General where he worked with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Developmental Disabilities, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and Mental Hygiene Administrations. He represented State facilities serving persons with disabilities and State and local mental health and substance abuse treatment programs.

Mr. Altarescu received his Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law, a Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Government at the American University.