HIPAA Alert – More On-Site Audits Planned

Federal regulators are delaying the start of phase two of the HIPAA audit program until the agency responsible for enforcement finishes the roll-out of technology that will allow audited organizations to submit data via a Web portal.

And once the program resumes, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights plans to do more on-site audits and fewer remote “desk audits” than officials originally planned, Linda Sanches, an OCR senior adviser, said during a Sept. 9 presentation at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s privacy and security forum in Boston.

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