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Incoming Trump Administration May Mean Less Funding for HIPAA Audits

Posted in Electronic Health Records, HIPAA and the HITECH Act, Home Healthcare, Hospitals and Institutions, Legislation and Public Policy, Litigation, Privacy and Data Protection

Eric Fader was quoted in a November 9 article, “Incoming Trump Administration May Mean Less Funding for HIPAA Audits,” in Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Fraud Report. Eric said that the incoming Trump administration may eventually be forced to reduce funding for some healthcare initiatives to pay for other priorities, such as large tax cuts and increased spending on the military.

The audits conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which examine whether healthcare organizations and their contractors are complying with HIPAA privacy and security requirements, could be cutback candidates. “I think funding for more subtle things, that the general public probably doesn’t notice or appreciate, is likely to be cut eventually, and I would include OCR audits on that list,” Eric said.

Alternatively, he added, if OCR audits are seen as a way to generate settlements with healthcare providers to raise funds for the government, funding for the OCR could be increased. In the short term, however, Eric pointed out that Trump’s stated focus on repealing the Affordable Care Act should allow other existing programs to remain under the radar and unchanged during 2017.

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