OCR / KPMG HIPAA Audit Document Request Revealed: A Useful Tool

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services, through its contract with consulting firm KPMG, is currently auditing HIPAA Covered Entities to gauge their levels of compliance with federal privacy and security laws. OCR recently issued its report on the findings for the first twenty auditees, and has stated that the remaining audit targets for 2012 have been notified and asked to provide documentation to KPMG prior to the auditor’s site visits. If a Covered Entity has not received notice that it is a 2012 audit target, it is likely “off the hook” for this year.

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