I was very interested to read a recent article in Healthcare Info Security about the new HIPAA enforcer’s plans. Roger Severino, the new director of the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR), says his top enforcement priority for the coming year is to find a major, egregious privacy breach to use as an example from which others can learn.
When I came across this article on HealthITSecurity.com: "5 Lessons Learned in OCR HIPAA Settlements" I knew I wanted to share it with you. It reports on the outcome of the past two years of OCR HIPAA settlements and shows how likely it is for healthcare organizations to experience a breach at some point in time. As you will read, when healthcare organizations had a breach that caught them by surprise, they experienced significant reporting efforts and costly fines.
On September 30th, CynergisTek and Iatric Systems teamed up to host a complimentary webinar, “How to Prepare Your Organization for an OCR HIPAA Audit.” In this informative session, industry expert Mac McMillan talked about what we learned from OCR’s first round of audits in 2012 and what we can expect from the revised, permanent audit program. In this session, Mac provided several key takeaways that healthcare providers and vendors need to know before they receive an OCR audit letter.
One thing is for sure…you don’t want to wait until you get a notification letter from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to start preparing for a HIPAA compliance audit. Organizations that are going through audits have only one chance to submit all requested documentation, so it’s crucial to get it right!