OCR Shares Preliminary HITECH Audit Results; What's Next??

Author:Ms Cynthia Larose
Profession:Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Last week at the OCR/NIST conference, Building Assurance through HIPAA Security, Linda Sanches of the Office for Civil Rights provided an extensive update on the pilot HITECH audit program, including preliminary findings, what regulated entities can expect next and suggestions for covered entities concerned about being audited. Mintz Levin attended the conference and is pleased to share some of the highlights below:

The initial round of audits included 8 health plans, 10 providers, and 2 clearinghouses.

Providers had the most findings (81%). Provider findings were both privacy and security related. The most common privacy findings included misuse of the PHI of deceased individuals, compliance with the patient...

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