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Risk Analysis, Management Among Major Problems Found in HIPAA Audits

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Security risk analysis and risk management were among the most acute compliance problems found by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in its recent desk audits of covered entities under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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In 2016 and 2017, HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) conducted “desk audits” of 166 covered entities and 41 business associates. The audits focused on selected provisions of HIPAA’s privacy, security, and breach notification rules. After reviewing the documentation obtained from these organizations, OCR gave each a score of 1 to 5, with

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