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HIPAA Privacy Audits begin – 20 “initial” audits to 150 audits by end of 2012

Is attestation means to hold providers accountable for expenditure of public funds and protect against fraud and abuse?

The Office for Civil Rights has engaged KPMG using $9M of their $52M budget for this year enforcing HIPAA compliance and investigating breaches for the CMS.  The covered entities in scope for KPMG audits are those that have received CMS Incentives under Meaningful Use and can expect a minimum of 30 business day process with 3-10 days of on site visit.

As you register and attest for Meaningful Use funds, be aware the risks associated with protecting ePHI are elevated in terms of IMPACT to your hospital.

For press release, click here.  For the HHS press release, click here.

I have worked for Deloitte & Touche ERS and understand the big accounting firm audit strategies with legal implications.  If you would like to discuss how to mitigate your clinic’s risks with attestation and be fully prepared for an OCR Audit, please do not hesitate to contact me anytime.

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