HIPAA Audits – Is Your Practice at Risk?

Yes, all practices are at risk.

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The Office for Civil Rights is auditing providers of all sizes regarding HIPAA compliance, meaning all employers are at risk. With OCR fines ranging from $215,000.00 to millions of dollars, it’s important to be prepared.

Many healthcare employers are overwhelmed by the idea of conducting a risk analysis, others are unsure if a risk analysis is necessary.

The OCR has stated very plainly, that staying in compliance through periodic risk analysis is the best way to prepare for an audit.

Breaches are on the rise and they can happen to anyone, at anytime. Be prepared.

How do you know if your practice is going to face an OCR audit?

OCR is looking for breach patterns but is looking to audit a variety of healthcare covered entities and business associates. OCR is looking to audit providers across a wide geographical distribution.

The way employers can escape hefty fines is by having the proper systems in place to prevent breaches, and to deal with breaches after the fact. A risk analysis looks at the potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, availability and integrity of protected health information.

Where to begin?

While performing a comprehensive risk analysis might sound overwhelming, it’s the best (and the only) place to start. OCR puts the burden on employers to show that proper systems were in place, and appropriate steps were taken to avoid or deal with breaches.

Risk analysis should be completed at least annually, and determine:

  1. Where physical and electronic protected health information is stored;
  2. The current and potential risks to confidentiality;
  3. The likelihood of each risk;
  4. The measures in place to address risks; and
  5. The measures that need to be put into place.

Once a complete risk analysis is done, you need to begin implementing the methods to remedy risks and vulnerabilities. A full analysis and implementation is the best way to prepare your business for the coming HIPAA audit.

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