The long-delayed permanent HIPAA privacy/security audit program finally is on its way, as is the resumption of the Recovery Audit Contractor program, according to audit professionals at health information management vendor HealthPort.

The RAC program is expected to resume in October but with changes, says Dawn Crump, HealthPort’s vice president of audit management solutions, during a talk with Health Data Management at the HFMA Annual National Institute in Las Vegas. The contractors will be reorganized into new geographic regions that more closely match regions for other Medicare audit programs, and possibly at least one contactor may switched, Crump believes. New regions will benefit some providers, who have been subject to RAC audits from up to three contractors.

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