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OCR Releases Information on What Phase 2 HIPAA Audits Will Look Like

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently presented information about the new look of its Phase 2 audit program. The new audits will look little like the old ones, with OCR conducting the audits itself and focusing on...more

No More Excuses: HHS Issues New HIPAA Tool for Small Businesses

Three U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) agencies, the Office for the National Coordinator for Health IT (“ONC”), in conjunction with the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) and the Office of the General Counsel...more

ONC’s Security Risk Assessment Tool Is Useful but Could Be Improved

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released a Security Risk Assessment Tool (SRA Tool) on March 28. According to the User Guide for the SRA Tool, the Tool is designed to help small...more

New Round of HIPAA Audits To Begin Later This Year

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced it will resume its HIPAA compliance audit program — launched as a pilot program in 2012 — on a permanent basis in 2014. In...more

OCR to Resume HIPAA Audits. Get Ready Now!

In a Feb. 24 notice in the Federal Register, the HHS's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced its intention to resume its HIPAA Audit Program. By and large, the audit program has been inactive since December 2012, when OCR...more

DHHS Gearing Up to Begin HIPAA Audits of Business Associates

The office of US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recentlyannounced plans to perform "pre-audit" HIPAA compliance surveys of 800 Covered Entities and 400 Business Associates. Under the...more

OCR Preparing For Next Round of HIPAA Audits

In a February 24, 2014 notice published in the Federal Register, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a pre-audit survey of HIPAA covered entities and business associates. The information collected will...more

HIPAA Audits Set to Begin in 2014: Another Enforcement Mechanism for HIPAA Compliance

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is expected to launch its long-awaited HIPAA audit program sometime in 2014. The audit program will be run by HHS’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR), which is likely eager to get...more

Be Prepared – HIPAA Audits are Coming in 2014

Later this year, the Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”) is expected to launch its permanent HIPAA Audit Program. The HIPAA Audit Program is authorized under Section 13411 of the HITECH Act, and is designed to...more

Preparing a Hospital or Health System for Sale or Partnership Transactions – Part Two

The consolidation trend in hospital and health systems continues. To address perceived inefficiencies and quality of care issues, hospitals are attempting to form larger enterprises to create scale, expand geographically,...more

Tips to Prepare for a CMS Electronic Health Record Meaningful Use Audit

In an effort to improve patient care, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) established electronic health record (“EHR”) Incentive Programs, which provide financial incentives for the “meaningful use” of...more

Highlights of the Joint NIST and OCR Safeguarding Health Information Conference

Earlier this week we attended the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) 6th Annual Safeguarding Health Information Conference in Washington, D.C. (the NIST-OCR...more

OCR Wants Feedback From Audited Covered Entities

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is preparing to conduct an online survey of the 115 covered entities it audited in 2012 as part of the HITECH-mandated, pilot audit program. OCR hopes to use the survey results to evaluate...more

Audits, Audits And More Audits: Life In The Healthcare Industry

Healthcare suppliers and service providers live in a regulated world. They are constantly under audit scrutiny. Sometimes federal agencies (i.e private contractors) conduct the audits; other times state agencies conduct the...more

Utilizing the HIPAA audit protocols as a compliance tool By Kimberly J. Gold

Originally published in Compliance Today on December 1, 2012. ..Covered entities are now subject to privacy and security audits by OCR. ..OCR published audit protocols regarding its standards for such...more

HHS Publishes Roadmap for HIPAA Audits .

One of the less well-known provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (or "HITECH") Act[1] is the requirement that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") periodically...more

Are You Ready? HIPAA Audits Are Here.

As part of health care reform, the federal government mandated that a pilot HIPAA audit program (the “HIPAA Audit Program”) be developed to ensure compliance with HIPAA’s privacy and security rules and its breach notification...more

Federal Government Releases Protocol for HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Audits

On June 26, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) released on its website the protocol that it has developed to serve as a guideline for recently-implemented HIPAA...more

OCR Releases HIPAA Audit Protocol

Protocol provides clues regarding areas of focus for ongoing HIPAA audits assessing compliance with the Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health...more

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