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Ready or Not, Here Come HIPAA Audits!

After running a successful pilot program in 2012 The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is looking to launch a national HIPAA compliance audit program by the end of this year to ensure that all health care providers and business associates are compliant with HIPAA privacy and HIPAA security rules and regulations.

This announcement is causing panic in many of the health I.T. leaders as data security and privacy has become such a complex undertaking and many know that holes still exist but can’t pinpoint where they are. What’s really troublesome is the fact that the feds have proven through their Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC) program, that they are not hesitating to use a take-no-prisoners approach, especially when there’s a lot of money on the line.

To read more about this program, check out this press release.