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Don’t Relax Your HIPAA Standards

Posted on 12. Jun, 2015 by in Provider News

Audit delay doesn’t mean you can forget about privacy.

Ignore the HHS Office for Civil Rights’ upcoming HIPAA audits at your peril, experts warn.

Disregarding Phase 2 audits is no longer an option, Jared Festner, HIPAA specialist for Irvine, Calif.-based Medical Information Technology Group said in a statement. “If you think for one minute your [organization] won’t be under the microscope for everything from device encryption, to making sure that every policy and procedure is completely filled out and updated on a yearly basis, you’ll be kicking yourself once you receive fines of up to $1.5 million per offense.”

The delay in Phase 2 OCR audits doesn’t mean that you can relax your efforts to make sure you’re in compliance with all HIPAA regulations, said Charlotte, N.C.-based attorney Chara O’Neale in a blog post for law firm Parker Poe. While the audit portals are still...

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