HIPAA Watchdog Has A Big Blind Spot

Law360, New York (December 9, 2013, 5:29 PM EST) -- A new inspector general's report indicates that federal regulators are relying on whistleblowers and corporate honesty instead of proactive audits to enforce privacy protections covering sensitive health information, suggesting many companies are getting a free pass on shoddy compliance, experts say.

One of the report's key findings was that the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has little money to perform congressionally mandated audits gauging whether health care providers, insurers and clearinghouses are playing by the rules of the Health...
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