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Survey: Providers Not Ready for Audits

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

December 6, 2011

A study conducted by HCPro has found only 17 percent of respondents--including health information management directors and compliance officers--say they are prepared for Office for Civil Rights (OCR) HIPAA-compliance audits, reports iHealthBeat. The OCR says it plans to carry out 150 audits within 2012. The audits aim to determine how many organizations will be HIPAA compliant by the end of 2012 and help build corrective action plans. Of the 400 survey respondents, 70 percent said they are "somewhat prepared" and pointed to several reasons for noncompliance, including a lack of commitment by upper management, the report states.
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