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Focusing on Audit Controls to Maintain PHI Security

January 17, 2017 - Reviewing and securing audit trails, while also ensuring the proper tools to collect, monitor, and review those audit trails are in place are key audit control considerations for covered entities and business associates, according to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). In the latest OCR cyber newsletter, the agency urges healthcare organizations to properly safeguard audit logs and audit trails...


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Earlier HIPAA Audits Help Healthcare Data Breach Prevention

by Elizabeth Snell

Utilizing better communication, implementing a universal HIPAA audit certification system, and embracing cyber insurance are just some of the recommendations for better healthcare data breach prevention recently put forth by the Brookings Institution....

Top Tips for OCR HIPAA Audit Preparation

by Elizabeth Snell

With the most recent round of OCR HIPAA audits announced just last month, many healthcare organizations are working to ensure that they are prepared should they be called for investigation. While the announcement should not come as a total surprise,...

Top 5 Things to Remember About OCR HIPAA Audits

by Elizabeth Snell

With the second round of the OCR HIPAA audits set to start soon, it is essential that covered entities and business associates of all sizes ensure that they are HIPAA compliant and ready for a potential investigation. Organizations’ processes,...

Are You Prepared for the OCR HIPAA Audits?

by Keith Tyson

If Paul Revere were alive today, instead of warning, “The British are coming!” he might proclaim to healthcare organizations, “The auditors are coming! Be prepared!” Although the HITECH Act audit requirement became effective...

Lawyers Break Down 2016 HIPAA Audits, Connected Devices

by Elizabeth Snell

The increase in connected medical devices and the reportedly upcoming second round of OCR HIPAA audits are some of the top areas to watch next year in terms of healthcare data privacy and security, according to lawyers who specialize in the industry....

The OCR HIPAA Compliance Audits Procedure: A Review

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has reportedly begun to implement its next round of HIPAA compliance audits, set to take place in the early part of 2016. Earlier this week, HealthITSecurity.com...

What Will the Upcoming OCR HIPAA Audits Entail?

by Elizabeth Snell

While the upcoming HIPAA audits from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have continued to be delayed, it seems as if they are finally moving forward. Healthcare organizations of all sizes need to ensure that they are prepared for a potential investigation...

Healthcare Not Only Industry Nervous About Compliance Audits

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare compliance audits are reportedly coming soon, and covered entities of all sizes are working to ensure that they are prepared and have all data security issues ironed out. However, if a recent survey is any indication, healthcare is...

What Happens in HIPAA Audits: Breaking Down HIPAA Rules

by Elizabeth Snell

HIPAA audits are something that covered entities of all sizes must be prepared to potentially go through. As technology continues to evolve, facilities need to ensure that they are maintaining PHI security and understand how best to keep sensitive...

OCR HIPAA Audits Delayed Once Again

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Director Jocelyn Samuels still does not have a set date for when the next round of HIPAA audits will take place. Samuels spoke earlier this week at the 23rd National...

OCR HIPAA Audit Program Part of 2016 Budget Plan

by Elizabeth Snell

The President’s FY 2016 budget request proposal included $83.8 billion for the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), a portion of which will be devoted to ensuring that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) HIPAA audit program will...

Timeline for OCR HIPAA Audits Still Unknown

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has still not set a deadline for the next round of HIPAA audits, and OCR Director Jocelyn Samuels did not release a timeline in a meeting this week. Samuels reportedly...

Are Medical Practices Prepared for OCR HIPAA Audits?

by Stephanie Reardon

The Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services will be conducting random HIPAA audits. Although a timeline has not yet been set, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)...

AHIMA Breach Management Toolkit: Small provider uses

by Patrick Ouellette

Last week, HealthITSecurity.com reported on the recently-released American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Breach Management Toolkit. Since then, AHIMA was able to send the toolkit to the HealthITSecurity.com editorial staff...

Evidence of HIPAA compliance tips for healthcare providers

by Patrick Ouellette

Just last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealed $4.8 million worth of HIPAA fines for New York and Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University. And Mac McMillan, CEO of CynergisTek, Inc., recently told HealthITSecurity.com...

How will OCR fill HIPAA enforcement leadership openings?

by Patrick Ouellette

Now that Susan McAndrew, former Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy at the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), has retired, what will be the short and long-term effects within OCR? It’s important to note that McAndrew’s retirement...

Office for Civil Rights veteran Susan McAndrew retires

by Patrick Ouellette

Susan McAndrew, former Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy at the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), officially retired from Federal service on Friday, May 2, 2014. McAndrew was responsible for implementing and enforcing the HIPAA Security...

AHIMA offers data breach toolkit to healthcare providers

by Patrick Ouellette

Though the healthcare industry in general isn’t lacking in available online resources to aid data breach management, organizations may want to check out the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) recently published Breach...

Office for Civil Rights: HIPAA audits to be narrower in scope

by Patrick Ouellette

Details of the second phase Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) HIPAA audits are beginning to filter through and healthcare organizations would be smart to pay attention to OCR’s audit plans. It’s...

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