In March of 2014, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that HIPAA audits would start in the fall of 2014. To date, no audits have taken place, and as of this writing, the audit program is still on hold. That said, the OCR is gearing up for the pre-selection process and has announced that audits will commence when the audit portals and project management software are completed.

Like the start-date, the exact number and types (desk vs. on-site) of audits has been in a state of flux. However, all indicators point to significantly more than the 115 that were selected as part of the pilot audit program of 2011/2012. Participants will include health plans, healthcare providers and clearinghouses (covered entities), and in a second round, a cross section of business associates.

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