The HHS Office for Civil Rights, now reviewing the results of its pilot HIPAA compliance audit program, is planning a more streamlined audit process but an expanded pool of organizations audited in the permanent program, says OCR Director Leon Rodriguez.

The agency in coming months will complete its assessment of the pilot, announce findings and put together the permanent program, with the hope of starting in fiscal year 2014, which begins on Oct. 1, 2013. Rodriguez says he has no idea yet of the scope of the program.

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