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April 20, 2014

Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Wants Feedback From Audited Covered Entities

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is preparing to conduct an online survey of the 115 covered entities it audited in 2012 as part of the HITECH-mandated, pilot audit program. OCR hopes to use the survey results to evaluate the effectiveness of the pilot program and refine the permanent audit program, set to commence in fiscal year 2014.

Among other things, OCR will use the online survey to:

• Measure the effect of the HIPAA audit program on covered entities;

• Gauge covered entity attitudes toward the audit overall, as well as its major audit program features, such as the documents requested, communications received, the on-site visit, the audit-report findings and recommendations;

• Obtain estimates of the costs incurred by covered entities (both in time and money) in responding to audit-related requests;

• Seek feedback on the effect of the HIPAA audit program on covered entities’ day-to-day business operations; and

• Assess whether improvements in HIPAA compliance were achieved as a result of the audit program.

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Dianne J. Bourque, Health Care Attorney, Mintz Levin Law Firm
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Dianne advises a variety of health care clients on a broad range of issues, including licensure, regulatory, contractual, and risk management matters, and patient care. A large part of her practice involves counseling researchers and research sponsors in matters related to FDA and OHRP regulated clinical research, including patient consent, access to and use of tissue and associated patient information, and the Institutional Review Board process.

She also counsels health care clients and other business entities on the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Rule and Security Standards,...

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