Surveys to Build Audit Program

The HHS Office for Civil Rights, which is finalizing a HIPAA audit program to assess compliance with privacy and security rules, expects to send "pre-audit" surveys to up to 1,200 randomly selected organizations, including about 800 covered entities and 400 business associates. Receipt of a pre-audit survey does not indicate an organization will be audited, a spokesperson emphasizes. The pre-audit surveys are part of the learning process of developing the audit program. OCR expects the pre-audit survey to take about 30 minutes to complete. A firm rollout date for the audits has been set.

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