As the HHS Office for Civil Rights prepares to expand random audits of HIPAA privacy/security rule compliance this year, the scope of the audit program isn’t yet clear. But HIMSS14 could provide clarity as OCR officials will be on hand to provide more details about the office's Feb. 24 announcement of a "pre-audit" survey.

What is now known is that OCR is preparing the survey of up to 1,200 covered entities that include health care providers, insurers, claims clearinghouses and business associates to determine their suitability for a HIPAA audit.

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