CynergisTek and Iatric Systems teamed up to host a free webinar, “How to Prepare Your Organization for an OCR HIPAA Audit”. In this informative session, industry expert Mac McMillan talked about what we learned from OCR’s first round of audits in 2012 and what we can expect from the revised, permanent audit program. In this session he provided several key takeaways that healthcare providers and vendors need to know before they receive an audit letter.
- OCR said it will send out 800-1,200 surveys. McMillan speculates that they will send 800 at first, and then depending upon the response rate, could possibly send another 400.
- The next round of audits should start before the end of the year and will include both covered entities and business associates. It is anticipated that there will be approximately 200 desk audits and 24 onsite audits.
- Organizations that go through a desk audit will only have one chance to submit documentation. The time to prepare is now to be sure that organizations have all of their documentation in order.