June 2016

HIPAA Audits Are Here

South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report
Shannon Britton Hartsfield

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enforcement actions are on the rise. So far in 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has entered into settlements and imposed penalties involving more than $8.6 million. On March 21, 2016, OCR announced “Phase 2” of its audit program. Providers and other covered entities have begun receiving emailed letters asking for updated contact information so OCR can more effectively communicate with the entities should they be selected for the audit. Failure to respond ill not shield a hospital or other covered entity from being included in the audit program, so it is important to check email spam filters to make sure that an email has not been held up in delivery.

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