The Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently launched Phase 2 of its HIPAA audit program, applying new scrutiny to a much broader array of HIPAA-covered entities and their business associates, which include any managed services provider or solution provider working with that healthcare organization.

As data breaches exposing the protected health information (PHI) that HIPAA is intended to protect have continued to occur, the OCR is looking to these wider-reaching audits as a new means of more effective enforcement.

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