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2015 OIG Work Plan addresses HIPAA

HIM-HIPAA Insider, November 10, 2014

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The Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) fiscal year (FY) 2015 Work Plan addresses EHR compliance with HIPAA.
 
The OIG plans to review healthcare organizations’ compliance with the contingency planning requirements of HIPAA with regard to EHRs, according to the Work Plan. The HIPAA Security Rule requires that covered entities (CE) develop a contingency plan that includes policies and procedures for addressing situations when systems that contain PHI are damaged or compromised. OIG will also compare hospitals’ contingency plans with government and industry practices.
 
Comparatively, in its FY 2014 Work Plan, OIG focused on reviewing and assessing Office for Civil Rights (OCR) oversight of CEs’ compliance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule. OIG also sought to determine the compliance of Medicare Part B CEs with certain privacy standards. OIG planned to review OCR investigation policies and assess OCR oversight to determine CE compliance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule. In addition, during FY 2014, OIG planned to review OCR oversight of CEs’ compliance with the Breach Notification Rule. OIG planned to review OCR investigations of breaches reported by CEs and will determine Medicare Part B CE compliance with breach standards.
 
This article originally appeared on HCPro’s HIPAA Update blog. Stay up to date on all things HIPAA by signing up for e-mail updates from this blog.

 



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