The Office of Civil Rights will begin to audit providers from large to small across the country. The best option for providers is to prepare to be in compliance and to conduct a comprehensive risk analysis. Although that advice may seem obvious to some, the OCR’s auditing process is “something of a mystery to healthcare providers,” according to experts. The OCR typically looks for patterns. For example, if the office receives information about a given provider having several similar breaches and it appears they are not doing anything about them, this suggests to the OCR that the provider is not in compliance or does not have proper procedures set in place.
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