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Conducting a phase two audit self-review

As OCR's auditors wrap up the final desk audit reports for phase two of the HIPAA audit program, many covered entities (CE) are breathing a little easier. Only 167 CEs were selected for desk audits in July. Audited CEs can expect to wait several months to see the final audit reports, although they will have the opportunity to review a draft version and submit comments that will be attached to the final report.

But phase two is far from over. Business associates (BA) will be selected for desk audits this fall—the first time these entities will be subject to OCR's HIPAA audits. And early next year, OCR will launch comprehensive on-site audits of both CEs and BAs.

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