It can be helpful to think of good compliance practices as preventive maintenance. It’s easier to have prepared all along than have to scramble to prove compliance when an audit comes up. Because the requirements for various regulations are widely available, you can start preparing for an Office of Civil Rights (OCR) HIPAA audit long before the notification letter hits your mailbox. And even if you aren’t chosen for a random HIPAA audit, you can still face penalties for noncompliance if you experience a patient complaint or a breach.
Taking the opportunity to proactively strengthen your privacy and compliance program will help you maintain control of your patient data and avoid compliance headaches that are costly and time-consuming.