The Department of Health and Human Services announced that it will soon begin its HIPAA compliance audits mandated under the HITECH Act with 150 onsite audits to be conducted by KPMG by the end of 2012, reports GovInfoSecurity. Adam Greene of Davis Wright Tremaine notes that the scope of the audits, the selection process for being audited and whether audits will be used as an enforcement or education tool are all unknown. He also notes that due to the volume of covered entities, the likelihood of being audited is small, but organizations should review their programs and ensure they are effective and up-to-date. The report states that Booz Allen Hamilton has been contracted for "audit candidate identification." Editor's Note: Adam Greene will be a featured presenter in an upcoming IAPP Web Conference on the HIPAA Audit Program on Thursday, July 28, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Registration will open soon. Visit our website for current conferences, and check back for updates as new programs are added.
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