Tag Archives: HIPAA

HIPAA audits and investigations — they’re baaaack…

If you didn’t receive a HIPAA pre-audit questionnaire from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) last summer, you likely breathed a heavy sigh of relief. But don’t rest easy just yet, as your audit reprieve could be short-lived. Approximately 400 audits are coming, and organizations selected to be […]
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Ten days to a HIPAA audit — two scenarios

Situation analysis: You are a hospital compliance officer, and you’ve just received a call from an auditor with KPMG, a government contractor for HIPAA audits. “Did you get our letter?” he says. “You have 10 days before we conduct an audit.” Scenario one: You break out in a cold sweat. You had put a series […]
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Seven threats to health care privacy and security

Audits are coming, and last year’s risk assessments will no longer cut it. We’ve identified seven issues HIPAA security and privacy officers should consider and address in 2015. Business associates Get your business associates (BAs) on board and up to date because the HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Final Rule of September 22, 2014, now requires covered entities […]
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Privacy and security audit preparedness — document, document, document!

When it comes to HIPAA, two of the most troubling events that keep health care executives awake at night are reportable data breaches and failing an audit by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Even with all the current publicity surrounding privacy and security, many organizations still fail […]
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