In a string of meetings and press releases, the federal government's health watchdogs have delivered a stern message: They are cracking down on insurers, hospitals and doctors offices that don't adequately protect the security and privacy of medical records.
"We've now moved into an area of more assertive enforcement," Leon Rodriguez, then-director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Civil Rights, warned at a privacy and security forum in December 2012.
This week marked National Adjunct Walkout Day, a protest to gain better working conditions for part-time college instructors.
Why are college professors from San Jose State U, to the City University of New York, taking to the streets like fast food workers?
They say they have something in common.
Adjuncts and other non-tenured faculty make up three-quarters of college and university teachers. Over the past decades, as this shift has taken place, there have been growing complaints that they work for lower wages and without access to health care and other benefits.