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PPV: OIG audits focus on security rule

HIM-HIPAA Insider, May 28, 2007

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) says it is in the process of conducting HIPAA audits of covered entities. Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta confirms that the OIG audited the facility and that it looked at technical aspects of the security rule.

This isn't surprising, says Reece Hirsch, Esq., partner at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, LLP, in San Francisco. "From a political standpoint, there's been a perception that [HHS] has been less rigorous than it might have been in enforcing all aspects of HIPAA. One good way to silence the critics in Congress and elsewhere is to fire a shot across the bow and begin a new enforcement initiative."

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