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HITECH Mandated Audits to Begin

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By David Harlow, JD MPH, Principal
The Harlow Group LLC

Appeared in Healthcare IT News
November 09, 2011

The enhanced enforcement and compliance requirements under HITECH will soon be tested under the required audits mandated in the same HIPAA amendment.  Within HITECH is a provision that both covered entities and business associates will eventually be subject to the reviews. 

According to the report in Healthcare IT News, the first 20 of a planned 150 audit subjects will be getting notices from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights' contractor, KPMG, very soon. These early test cases will be a proving ground for the auditors and the audit process, as much as for the covered entities to be audited.

The report does say that no business associates will be included in the first 150 audits, although some business associates may be drawn into an audit when a covered entity they serve undergoes the process.  

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