Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ready for 2014 HIPAA Compliance Audits?

The time is fast approaching for round two of HIPAA compliance audits.

The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR), which over the summer sent pre-audit surveys to as many as 800 entities, will probably audit about 400 of them. For the firs time, business associates will be included.

"OCR will select about 400 entities for HIPAA audits. Those audits will begin this fall - which is quickly approaching."
- The National Law Review
These Phase 2 audits will differ from Phase 1 in several ways. They will target HIPAA standards, which yeilded high non-compliance during Phase 1. Also the audits will be broken down by type, such as compliance with the privacy/security rules and risk analysis/management.

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Sources:
(a) Are You Ready for Round Two (of HIPAA Compliance Audits)? - www.NationalLawReview.com, 08/12/2014

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