Blog - Monthly archives: March 2016

HHS-OCR Launches Phase 2 of HIPAA Audits, Will Include “Business Associates”

Posted on Health Care Law News March 25, 2016 by Robert Nicholson

The United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has officially started the second phase of HIPAA Audits, which will include “Business Associates” for the first time.  When HHS-OCR previously conducted Phase 1 (the “pilot” phase) of its audits, it focused exclusively on “covered entities” such as hospitals, doctors’ offices, and Read more →

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Department of Justice and HHS-OIG Recover $2.4 Billion in FY 2015

Posted on Health Care Law News March 12, 2016 by Robert Nicholson

The government has released its annual HCFAC Report for fiscal year 2015.  In the report, the government touts its recovery of $2.4 billion through civil and criminal enforcement efforts.  Of that amount, approximately $1.6 billion was returned to the Medicare Trust Funds, approximately $386 million was paid to federal agencies for restitution/compensatory damages, and approximately Read more →

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