7 ways to prepare for 2016 HIPAA audits

HIPAA was signed into law in August of 1996, and the Privacy and Security Rules were both implemented over a decade ago. Moreover, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act), which made significant changes to a variety of facets of HIPAA, passed in 2009. Section 13411 of the HITECH Act requires the Office of Civil Rights (OCR)--which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)--to conduct periodic HIPAA audits.