ADANews Reports "HIPAA audits may come for dentists"

In the March issue of the ADANews - Kelly Soderland reported:

"The federal government has begun auditing some health care providers, including dental practices, to ensure they are complying with patient privacy laws and health care information security laws. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights announced March 21 it has begun its second phase of audits of covered entities and their business associates to assess their compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules, according to a news release. The Office for Civil Rights will review whether the policies and procedures adopted and employed by the groups meet selected standards and implementation specifications of the law."

"We want dentists to be aware that this is happening and to take HIPAA compliance seriously," said Dr. Andrew Brown, chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice. "There are steep consequences for health care providers that don't comply with the law and we don't want to see any dentists having to pay tens of thousands of dollars in a penalty." 

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The entire ADANews article can be found here.