Duck and Cover! Are You Ready for a HIPAA Audit?

If your organization had implemented a plan incorporating our checklist from pages 8-11 of  “Everything You Wanted to Know about HIPAA HITECH But Forgot to Ask”…you just MIGHT pass a HIPAA audit…and I doubt any of you have.

So even if you believe your organization is HIPPA HITECH compliant – or more likely you are clueless as to what you are now obligated to comply with – then having your Privacy Officer be able to pull out your policy and procedures manual and breach logs when HHS or OCR show up for your audit should still be a terrifying thought.

To give you a flavor for what information that you, as a Business Associate under HITECH must be prepared to provide in case of a HIPAA audit the following is a list of 42 items that HHS officials wanted information on within 10 days from Piedmont Hospital in 2007.

Specifically, Piedmont was asked to provide policies and procedures for….

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