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General Surgery Coding Alert

HIPAA:
With Audits Heating Up, Is Your Practice Ready?

Make sure your privacy and security practices are up-to-date.If your HIPAA protocols fall short of new information management applications and systems or state laws (such as the Massachusetts privacy regulations), you could come up short under audit, warns Kenneth Rashbaum, Esq. of Rashbaum Associates in New York.HIPAA Audits AnnouncedThe Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is piloting a program to perform up to 150 audits of covered entities to assess privacy and security compliance. Audits conducted during the pilot phase began November 2011 and conclude by December 2012, according to an HHS press release.With the audit protocols developed last summer and audits begun last November to test the protocols, the OCR expects the results to modify how the remaining audits will be conducted, the HHS said in the release.The heat is on: The OCR is now conducting the full range of audits [...]


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