OCR Releases HIPAA Audit Protocol

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has released an audit protocol for audits of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) covered entities. The audit protocol covers audit procedures and requirements for assessing compliance with HIPAA's Privacy Rule, Security Rule, and Breach Notification Rule. This information is extremely valuable for covered entities. Covered entities can use the audit protocol to prepare for HIPAA audits and focus compliance efforts.

The audit protocol is available as a searchable database on the OCR's website. Click here to view the OCR's audit protocol in its entirety.

First Round of HIPAA Audits Have Been Completed; Audits Will Continue Through December 2012.

The OCR recently announced that the first round of HIPAA audits have been completed. Official details concerning the audits were announced at an OCR and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) conference held June 6, 2012. HIPAA audits will continue through December 2012. Click here to see our blog on the OCR's HIPAA audit report and preparing for HIPAA audits.

Contact Health Law Attorneys Experienced in Audits of Health Providers.

The Health Law Firm represents physicians, medical practices, hospitals, and other health providers and covered entities in audits, including Medicare audits, Medicaid audits, and HIPAA audits. The Health Law Firm also assists health providers in establishing compliance with HIPAA regulations. If you have received notification of an impending audit contact The Health Law Firm immediately.

To contact The Health Law Firm, please call (407) 331-6620 or (850) 439-1001 and visit our website at www.TheHealthLawFirm.com.

Sources Include:

Office of Civil Rights. "Audit Protocol." Office of Civil Rights. (2012). From:

About the Author:  George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law.  He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice.  Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area.  www.TheHealthLawFirm.com  The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone:  (407) 331-6620.

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