HIPAA Privacy and Security Audit Program Begins This Month


HIPAA-covered entities, including employer health plan sponsors, should watch the mail for a letter from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act requires the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct periodic audits of covered entities and business associates to ensure compliance with the HIPAA privacy and security rules and breach notification standards. Beginning this month and running through 2012, OCR's new pilot program will audit 150 covered entities.

OCR's independent third-party auditor will select a wide variety of covered entities for audit during the pilot program. Selected covered entities will have 10 days to provide documentation of their HIPAA privacy and security compliance after they receive notification.

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