This year's HIPAA compliance audit program will come up somewhat short of the target of 150 audits, says Leon Rodriguez, the nation's lead HIPAA enforcer.
"I don't think its actually going to be quite 150," says Rodriguez, director of the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights. "It will be something close to that." That's because of the office's funding level and the capacity of KPMG, the firm hired to conduct the audits, Rodriguez explains in an exclusive interview with HealthcareInfoSecurity.
The 20 initial audits conducted to fine-tune the effort are nearly complete, Rodriguez said Feb. 24 following his presentation at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Conference in Las Vegas. All other covered entities slated to be audited this year have either been notified or will be within a few weeks, he explains.
Explains that the Obama Administration's proposed $2 million cut in the OCR budget for fiscal 2013 will likely be more than offset by income from monetary penalties the office collects from HIPAA violators......
NOTE: The audits are coming, are you prepared? Have you conducted documented Risk Analysis and Management? Are you HIPAA Compliant?