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HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance for Group Health Plan Sponsors

Joanna Kerpen authored an article on final HIPAA rules for privacy enforcement and audit programs, particularly those with additional requirements aimed at group health plan sponsors. This report focuses on the final regulations issued under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), in January 2013, HIPAA enforcement and audit programs, HIPAA-related additional requirements of group health plan sponsors, and the actions that must be taken by group health plan sponsors to ensure compliance with the final regulations and requirements and to prepare for potential audits and enforcement actions.

“The final HIPAA regulations made many changes to the existing HIPAA privacy and security rules that are applicable to covered entities,” Ms. Kerpen wrote, and she urged plan sponsors to conduct a comprehensive review of their compliance plans to prepare for audits or enforcement action.

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Phase 2 HIPAA Audits Are Underway

The US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will soon begin a second phase of audits for compliance with HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification standards as required by the HITECH Act. In this second phase, OCR will audit both covered entities and their business associates, unlike the pilot audits of 2011 and 2012, which focused on covered entities alone. This On the Subject details practical steps that covered entities, including employer-sponsored group health plans, and their business associates can take to prepare for a potential audit.

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