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New HIPAA audits will target healthcare industry’s business partners
Modern Healthcare

A new round of federal privacy and security audits will target the business associates of healthcare providers, insurers and other HIPAA-covered entities along with the entities themselves, according to the Office for Civil Rights at HHS.

HHS‘ Office for Civil Rights has started sending out e-mails to obtain and verify contact information for covered entities and business associates of various types for possible inclusion in the pool of potential audit subjects.

The health IT sections of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 added a number of more stringent privacy and security provisions to HIPAA. The law also required that HHS initiate a series of audits to verify compliance with the rules.