HIPAA Audits: Why your odds of being audited are higher than you think.

With the HHS / OCR announcing the launch of Phase 2 of the HIPAA Audits, it’s a good time to re-evaluate your audit risk. Now, I realize that many practices and healthcare vendors are operating with tight resources, so it may seem worth it to play the odds. After all, when you take into account … Read more

OCR Pre-Audit Survey Approved by Office of Management & Budget: Are you ready for Round 2 OCR HIPAA Audits?

I’ve been updating all about the permanent or “second round” of OCR HIPAA audits for a while now. The HIPAA Audit program was initially to launch near year-end 2014. Now, we’re seeing details of the program, even though we don’t know when the OCR HIPAA audits will actually begin. However, OCR is taking the first … Read more

Never mind Big Brother, OCR is watching! HIPAA Enforcement Developments

It was a busy 2014 for the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR entered into several resolution agreements and corrective action plans last year. Pay attention to the enforcement trend Covered entities (CE) and business associates (BA)! No matter how large or small, OCR is taking aim at CEs and likely soon BAs when it … Read more