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OCR HIPAA Audit and Site Visit Pilot Program Implemented

In an effort to comply with Section 13411 of the HITECH Act, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) recently announced the implementation of a pilot program to audit covered entities and business associates to ensure they are complying with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and Breach Notification standards. OCR anticipates performing up to 150 … Continue Reading

HIPAA Audits ARRA Coming! Is your PHI Secure?

In the growing world of RAC audits, Voluntary Disclosure Protocols, IRS Form 990 disclosures, “Never Events” and HIPAA breach notifications, there is a new kid on the block in the area of federal audit and oversight for health care providers, health plans and their business associates under the health information privacy and security provisions of … Continue Reading

HHS Inspector General Reports Highlight IT Security Gaps in Health Care

On May 16, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued two reports critical of the government’s efforts to build and enforce a federal information security framework for protecting individuals’ electronic protected health information (ePHI).  Of particular interest to health care providers and health plans, these reports … Continue Reading
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