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Editor's e-Note
Who’s the Grinch in your health care sphere? I bet for many it could be HIPAA auditors. That’s an unfair characterization of the folks protecting patient privacy, but the idea of receiving notice of a visit from the Office for Civil Rights can’t feel very comforting.

To combat this uneasiness, health organizations are advised to keep tabs on how they’re protecting patient data. This month’s E-News Exclusive details the importance of maintaining a body of evidence to support breach protection efforts.

Lee DeOrio, editor
e-News Exclusive
Create a Body of Evidence to Prevent Future Auditing Woes
By Michelle Robles

In a perfect world, audits would not figure into any health care organization’s or business associate’s (BA) world. They would not suffer from malicious outside attacks from those looking to infiltrate their or their clients’ protected health information (PHI). Since audits do exist and are carried out fairly regularly, it’s best to prepare and gather the evidence—also known as the Body of Evidence (BOE)—required to prove that steps were taken to prevent a breach.

Understanding Audits
On July 11, 2016, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) officially began the first phase of the 2016 Audit Program. This focused exclusively on covered entities (CEs) such as health plans, health care providers, and health care clearinghouses. Later in the year, the audit focus will be on BAs.

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Industry Insight
ScribeAmerica’s Expanded Offerings Include Coding Solution

ScribeAmerica is pleased to introduce HealthChannels, a new group of three distinct companies assisting hospitals, health care systems, and private practices navigate an increasingly complex web of clinical and back-office clerical processes.

With the introduction of HealthChannels, the medical scribe company has expanded to become a complete end-to-end provider of health care solutions designed to improve clinical outcomes by providing highly skilled clerical support and technology solutions. With 12,000 employees across 50 states and three countries, HealthChannels is positioned to help providers meet increased demands around mission-critical activities ranging from EMR documentation to patient navigation to medical billing and coding.

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