Feds Launch Long-Awaited HIPAA Audits

By Jeff Overley (March 21, 2016, 3:38 PM EDT) -- After years of anticipation, federal regulators on Monday launched a new round of audits to gauge compliance with patient privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

The launch is starting off innocuously with emails to so-called covered entities — health care providers, insurance plans and clearinghouses — and to business associates that handle patient information on behalf of those entities. The emails will simply ask to verify contact information, after which recipients will receive a "preaudit questionnaire" seeking details on their business size and operations.

From there, the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health...

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