Phase 2 HIPAA audits are here. It’s no longer a matter of when. The question is: Are you ready?

On March 21, 2016, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) launched the second phase of audits for compliance with HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification rules. And in his July 18, article, Second phase of HIPAA audits shifts into high gear, HDM’s Managing Editor Greg Slabodkin informed us that according to OCR, letters were delivered via email to “167 health plans, healthcare providers and clearinghouses” on July 11. Unlike the pilot audits that focused only on covered entities, Phase 2 targets both covered entities and their business associates.

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