Expect more comprehensive audits instead of desk reviews.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights has announced that it is yet again delaying Phase 2 of the HIPAA audits — with no definitive date set for the audits to actually begin. When the audits do start, however, they’ll be much more intense than previously planned. Here’s what you need to know to prepare.
Why the delay? “Phase 2 of the HIPAA audits was initially slated to begin in the fall of 2014 and was subsequently moved to late 2014 or early 2015,” noted Charlotte, N.C.-based attorney Chara O’Neale in a blog post for law firm Parker Poe. “Currently, no timeline has been provided as to when the next round of audits will officially begin.”
Earlier this year, OCR also said that it would conduct pre-audit surveys of 800 covered entities (CEs) and 400 business associates (BAs) to determine suitability for the audit program...
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