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OCR Steps Up HIPAA Audits

OCR Steps Up HIPAA Audits

In June 2011, the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR)contracted for new periodic audits of covered entities and business associates to ensure compliance with the Privacy and Security Standards found in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 as amended by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act). 

Announcement of these new audits followed closely on the heels of a report from the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) criticizing oversight and enforcement of the HIPAA Security Rule requirements and recommending that the OCR conduct random audits.

Click here to read an article by Kathie McDonald-McClure and Margaret Levi, as published in Valeo Magazine, on the latest developments.