While neither the federales nor the hospital in question has confirmed the story, an Atlanta hospital has reportedly been the target of a HIPAA security rule audit. This month, Computerworld reproduced the laundry list of inquiries and document requests presented by the feds. An instructive list, and worth the attention of other covered entitites.
HIPAA enforcement continues to gather steam.
Based on a recent government-funded study, it appears that many covered entities have been experiencing some confusion about the precise nature of their obligations under HIPAA. In the face of heightened scrutiny and enforcement, compliance becomes an even more important priority.
The Harlow Group LLC, together with its affiliated experts in complementary disciplines, stands ready to assist covered entities with compliance audits, planning and implementation of their HIPAA compliance strategies.
-- David Harlow