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More HIPAA audits on the way this year

April 14, 2014
Healthcare Consulting By LW Consulting Inc.

More HIPAA compliance audits are on the way later this year, as HealthcareInfoSecurity reported recently, but there appear to be some changes in the way these audits will be conducted this time around as opposed to those done in the past. The sample of companies being audited will be limited to just 350.

For one, these audits will be conducted directly by the Office of Civil Rights, as the source reports, and fewer practices will be visited in-person. But this speaks to the crucial point that entities that may have met with compliance in the past could still be in need of HIPAA compliance software now to get their systems more up to speed.

Earlier this year, the government issued an Information Collection Request, in which it detailed its goals in obtaining information it can use to "assess the suitability of respondent covered entities and business associates for audits," as the text of the request in the Federal Register denoted.

As HealthcareInfoSecurity reports, the "desk audits" coming up in this latest round are more focused and updated, based on the previous findings from the audits conducted in 2012. The source quoted David Holtzman of the security group Cynergis Trek, who noted that the new audit might lead to positive developments later on.

"The impact of the OCR audit program is amplified across all healthcare providers and organizations in raising the visibility of compliance with the HIPAA rules," Holtzman said.

Industry members owe it to themselves to find updated and effective HIPAA compliance software to gain the status that they desire and perhaps provide more information to be considered for the future.