Coming Soon: Random Audits for HIPAA Omnibus Rule

Howard Mevis

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Omnibus rule went into effect in September 2013. As 2015 approaches, orthopaedic practices can expect the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in the Department of Health and Human Services to increase its random audit program.

The 2013 rule expanded the penalties for privacy and security breaches identified during audits. One area of interest for the audit program is determining whether a medical practice has adopted policies and procedures that define a compliance program. Without these policies and procedures, no compliance program exists.

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