Details Emerge About Looming OCR HIPAA Audits

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act mandated that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) conduct proactive audits of covered entities’ and business associates’ compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. In June, HHS’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR), which is charged with HIPAA enforcement responsibility, awarded a contract to U.S. audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG to assist in designing and carrying out those audits. The contract award discloses that OCR anticipates 150 such audits will be conducted by the end of 2012.

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