OCR Makes Annual Report on HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule Compliance

In its annual report to Congress, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) said it is developing audit protocol to conduct audits of up to 145 covered entities in an ongoing effort to enforce the privacy and security rules of HIPAA. The Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is […]

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HHS to Audit 150 Firms for HIPAA Privacy and Security Standards Under ARRA

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Office of Civil Rights (OCR), has awarded a $9-million contract to KPMG to help audit 150 covered entities and business associates for adherence to HIPAA security and privacy standards. According to language in the contract, "Site visits conducted as part of every audit would include […]

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HHS Publishes Interim Final Rule for HIPAA-ARRA Changes

Implementing changes to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) contained in the stimulus package (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Oct. 30, 2009, published its Interim Final Rule in the Federal Register. The Final Rule expands the power of the Health and Human Services […]

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