HIPAA Auditors Are Coming! | California Employee Benefits

By Joe Hylak-Reinholtz
Paul Revere, a patriot in the American Revolution, is best known for his “midnight ride” during which he alerted the Colonial militias in and near Concord, Massachusetts of an impending attack by yelling “The British are coming!” While history has taught us that Revere did not utter these exact words, he did set out on horseback shortly before midnight on April 18, 1775, and orally delivered coded warnings that allowed the militias to confront the British troops and repel their advances all the way back to Boston. Today, health care attorneys have a warning of their own to deliver to organizations that are covered entities or business associates under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA): “The HIPAA auditors are coming!”
Health care providers, health plans, health care clearinghouses and their business associates need to know that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is starting to roll out the second phase of HIPAA audits (Phase II Audits). Now is the time to assess your organization’s compliance with HIPAA’s security rule (Security Rule). If your organization is selected for a Phase II Audit, are you ready?
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