Monday, October 5, 2015

HIPAA Audits to Start Soon

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) anticipates starting HIPAA security compliance audits either late this year or in early 2016. Although the timing is not very specific, organizations still have time, though limited, to bring their houses into HIPAA order.

OCR Director Jocelyn Samuels announced FCi Federal, has been chosen to provide management services to the OCR staff conducting the audits. Samuels stated that the majority of audits will be remote as opposed to site audits. While an on-site audit can be more disruptive and stressful some healthcare organizations feel having auditors on-site allows for face to face interaction.

" new audit protocol that will be more focused than the one used in the pilot audits." - Devon McGraw, OCR deputy director of health information privacy
According to Devon McGraw, OCR deputy director of health information privacy, the OCR is now working on a new protocol for the audits, which will be narrower in scope than those conducted during the pilot round of 115 audits in 2011 and 2012. "We're going to be a bit more focused at some key areas of interest," she said. Healthcare organizations seeking to catch insiders breaching or stealing patient data, even once, can automatically detect them with activity analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) http://www.hitechanswers.net/the-auditors-are-coming-the-auditors-are-coming/ - www.HitechAnswers.com, 09/30/2015

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