HIPAA “Phase 2” Audits: Are You Ready?

The Civil Rights Office of the Department of Health and Human Services announced a “Phase 2” audit program in the Fall of 2014.  That audit program was delayed due to funding issues, but appears to be back on schedule for 2015.  These Phase 2 audits are expected to be more in depth and focused on reviewing procedures and documentation related to the areas of HIPAA security and privacy risk management, breach notification and Notice of Privacy Practices.  Although the early Phase 2 audits are expected to target Covered Entities (employers sponsoring self-insured group health plans), Health Care Providers and Clearinghouses, the audits are also expected to expand to include HIPAA Business Associates. Read More ›

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