The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights has announced it will be launching phase two of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act audit program. Advisers can help clients prepare by updating policies and procedures, among other steps.

HIPAA provides the ability to transfer and continue health insurance coverage for millions of American workers and their families when they change or lose their jobs, reduces healthcare fraud and abuse, mandates industry-wide standards for healthcare information on electronic billing and other processes; and requires the protection and confidential handling of protected health information.

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