HIPAA: Stricter enforcement expected in 2008

January 18, 2008

In an effort to catch more HIPAA violations, the government has engaged a private consulting firm, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, to conduct security audits of covered entities, including hospitals, pharmacies, health plans, and private practices.

In an effort to catch more HIPAA violations, the government has engaged a private consulting firm, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, to conduct security audits of covered entities, including hospitals, pharmacies, health plans, and private practices, according to HealthLeaders News. The audits, however, are said to extend only to those entities that have already been the subject of a complaint to CMS. According to the latest statistics on the CMS website, there are currently 140 open security-related cases; another 230 cases have been closed. The most-common violations are related to managing access to information, workstation use, and security awareness and training.