Phase 2 of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) Audit Program gives healthcare providers 10 days to prepare. Phase 3’s on-site audits give you no time to prepare; auditors show up without warning to review how well you are complying with HIPAA policies and practices. 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. In other words, the best time to prepare for an audit is before you’re in one.