What You Should Know About OCR’s HIPAA Privacy Audits

Have you received a request from HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) asking that you provide the name of your privacy official along with any additional criteria? If you have, then you likely are aware that you may be the focus of a HIPAA privacy audit. This is part of the Phase 2 HIPAA Audit […]

HIPAA Compliance Crackdown Requires Increased Vigilance

Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced two big settlements involving alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Those cases brought to six the number of HIPAA-related cases settled since the start of 2016. It also underscores the need for healthcare providers […]

OCR launches Phase 2 HIPAA Audits

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights has launched Phase 2 of its long-awaited HIPAA Audit Program. OCR has already begun sending out address verification letters, which will be followed by a questionnaire. The new round of privacy and security audits will focus on the business associates of healthcare providers, […]

With the new year comes greater HIPAA oversight

HIPAA-regulated entities can expect 2016 to be the year of increased oversight. That’s when the Health and Human Services Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) begins Phase II of its audit program. The program is expected to focus on common areas of noncompliance and will include HIPAA-covered entities as well as business associates. Phase 2 […]

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