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OCR to ramp up HIPAA audits this year


WASHINGTON – The Office of Civil Rights has launched phase 2 of its HIPAA Audit Program in 2016, the agency announced March 21. The OCR has begun to obtain and verify contact information for various types of covered entities and business associates to be included in potential audit pools. Those selected will be contacted via email within the coming months. Covered entities include individual and organizational health providers, health plans and healthcare clearinghouses, and a range of business associates of these entities. Phase 1 of the audit program was a pilot program implemented in 2012.