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5 things to know now about coming OCR HIPAA audits

The second phase of HIPAA audits is set to begin in early 2016, causing fear and pressure in hospitals. Healthcare organizations potentially facing an audit should be prepared and educate their staff and leadership. The audits are expected to cover hospitals, healthcare providers, health plans, and business associates. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will focus on security, privacy, breach notification, and electronic health information. It is important for organizations to assess risk, prepare staff, and review policies before the audits begin.

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