The HHS Office for Civil Rights continues to develop its random HIPAA security audit program, and anticipates implementing it “expeditiously,” OCR Director Jocelyn Samuels said during a discussion with reporters on Jan. 13. But she won’t say if the long-delayed program will start this year.

OCR is working “very proactive” in developing the protocols for the program, Samuels said, but wants to make sure they get it right. “We will make announcements in the weeks and months to come so the industry will understand what to expect.”

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