Tuesday, July 19, 2016

OCR Phase 2 HIPAA Audits On-Going

Dianne De La Mare 

Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced that Phase II of its Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which began a couple of months ago, has “officially kicked into high gear.” Selected HIPAA covered entities have already received notification letters about their inclusion in the desk audit portion of the audit program.

Letters were delivered on Monday, July 11, 2016, via email, to 167 health plans, providers and clearinghouses. The desk audits will examine the selected entities HIPAA compliance with the privacy, security and breach notification rules. The audits focus on these issues because in a previous pilot program, and in OCR enforcement, noncompliance with these rules has been identified. Entities have 10 business days, until July 22, 2016, to respond to the document requests. Desk audits of business associates (BAs) will occur in the fall.

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