Taking the opportunity to strengthen an organization’s privacy and compliance program will help maintain control of patient data and avoid compliance headaches, which could include a costly and time-consuming HIPAA audit, says Shane Whitlatch, executive vice president at FairWarning, which offers a suite of data protection and compliance services. Now is the time to start preparing for an audit. A provider that gets a notification letter from the HHS Office for Civil Rights has only 10 days to respond. Whitlatch offers the following eight best practices to prepare for an audit.

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