OCR: Be prepared for HIPAA audits

Tom Sullivan writes:

When the Office for Civil Rights knocks on your door, asking about HIPAA compliance, it pays to be ready. And OCR is looking to audit providers ranging from large to small, and across a wide geographical distribution.

That’s according to OCR’s senior advisor for health information privacy Linda Sanches. Speaking at the HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News Privacy and Security Forum in Boston on Tuesday, Sanches told attendees her best piece of advice about preparing for audits is to actually be in compliance and to conduct comprehensive risk analysis.

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