Paul Revere, a patriot in the American Revolution, is best known for his “midnight ride” during which he alerted the Colonial militias in and near Concord, Mass., of an impending attack by yelling “The British are coming!” While history has taught us that Revere did not utter these exact words, he did set out on horseback shortly before midnight on April 18, 1775, and orally delivered coded warnings that allowed the militias to confront the British troops and repel their advances all the way back to Boston.

Today, health care attorneys have a warning of their own to deliver to organizations that are covered entities or business associates under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA): “The HIPAA auditors are coming!” 

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