The HHS Office for Civil Rights will begin Phase 2 of its long-awaited audit program in early 2016 to determine compliance of covered entities and business associates with HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification rules.

“We’re doing the work now to be ready to do that,” says Deven McGraw, OCR’s deputy director for health information privacy. “This doesn’t seem like a delay to me. But, I recognize that the regulated community has been anticipating this next phase of our audit for some period of time.”  

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