Healthcare Industry gears up to meet the EHR Audits in the New Year

The HER audits are around the corner. The Centres for Medicare & Medicaid Services, to encourage healthcare providers to adopt electronic health record systems and ensure secure data sharing practices, brought forth the EHR incentive program. Even as the meaningful use incentive program was intended to encourage healthcare industry adopt digitalization of data, these providers…

Significance of Documentation in HIPAA Audits

Adhering to compliance policies such as HIPAA is essential for a new age medical company or healthcare provider. According to Tom Walsh, it is not wise for medical companies to procrastinate about thoroughly documenting their HIPAA compliance practices, as the restart of the federal audits is about to commence very soon. Following an established documentation…

Phase 2 HIPAA Audits to Begin Soon

Phase 2 of the much talked about HIPAA audits will soon begin, and the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is all set to review the compliance of covered entities and their business associates with all privacy, security, and breach notification standards set by the Health Information Technology for…

OCR Gears-Up to Resume HIPAA Audits

The HIPAA compliance audit program seems to be all set to resume this year, as the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights gears up with auditors to examine business associates and covered entities. In the 2014 HIMSS Conference held on February 24, Susan McAndrew, the OCR Deputy Director for Health Information…