The Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released a “sample” letter that will be used as the template for the actual letters that OCR will issue to those covered entities that are selected for HIPAA audits in 2012.
Continue Reading HHS/OCR Audits Are Almost Here – OCR Issues “Sample” Audit Letter

Those entities subject to both the HIPAA privacy and security rules should pay close attention to recent action taken by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, which will increase the frequency and depth of government audits for HIPAA/ITECH compliance over the next year.
Continue Reading HHS/OCR Audits are Coming: What are Covered Entities Doing to Prepare?

When I first reviewed the Matrix and other documents released by the HIT Policy Committee’s “Meaningful Use” Workgroup, my initial reaction was “When did defining ‘Meaningful Use’ of EHR morph into attempting to use EHRs to ‘meaningfully’ reform the entire healthcare delivery system.”?  More simply put, the Workgroup’s initial recommendations seemed to me to