The random HIPAA Compliance Audit program has bygone a year of trial audits. The US Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) reviewed efficacy of the program and now are back with a firmer and revised HIPAA audit program in 2014. The procedure applied for the 2012 HIPAA audits have been published by USDHHS, making it possible to understand an audit better. Since, any health care covered entity ; may have to undergo an audit, all entities need to be aware on the kind of information that they need to provide in order to avoid matters that could lead to severe penalties.
The current scenario calls for audits whether or not there is a complaint or a breach. This means that the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) can demand an audit on short notice. Being aware about the questions that have been addressed at prior HIPAA compliance audits, can make preparing for and surviving a HIPAA audit much easier.
As per the new HIPAA rules, organizations have very little choice but to adhere to these compliance requirements as they levy hefty fines, including mandatory minimum fine of $10,000, if there is a willful neglect. HHS officials have overtly stated that implementation is now of utmost importance, and that means being ready for an audit is more imperative than ever.
Join Jim Sheldon-Dean, Principal, Director of Compliance Services at Lewis Creek Systems, LLC and Shruthi S, Senior Product Analyst at MetricStream as they discuss in detail the HIPAA audit program and how it works for your organization in 2014.
Key discussion points to be addressed are:
- Review the contents of the HIPAA Audit Protocol used in 2012
- Discuss the required documentation for an audit
- Analyze consequences of the previous HHS audits and enforcement actions
- Outline steps on how to organize for an audit and respond to an audit request
- Role of technology in adopting to the evolving demands of HIPAA compliance regulations
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