Health Care Newsletter March 2016

HIPAA Audit Program Launched and Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption Application Introduced

Here are some of the latest topics we think you should be aware of: 

OCR Launches Phase 2 of HIPAA Audit Program

As promised, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has begun its next phase of audits of covered entities and their business associates, to assess compliance with the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules.

CMS Extends 2015 Meaningful Use Hardship Deadline and Simplifies Application Process

In an attempt to give providers enough flexibility in their applications, along with ample time to submit them to avoid negative Medicare payment adjustments in 2017, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has introduced a simpler application and extended the deadline to July 1, 2016, for eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals.

Read more about the CMS extension, the HIPAA Audit Program and the latest news from Anders.