$9 Million Contract to Verify Healthcare Providers’ Privacy, Security Compliance

Michelle Remo, “Big 4″ observer
July 10, 2011 /

Consultants from business consulting ang accounting firm KPMG will verify the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) security and privacy compliance of healthcare providers.

The Health and Human Services Department (HHS) awarded the contract to KPMG in aid of the Office of Civil Rights, forming an audit program that will ensure that healthcare providers, including their health plans and business associates meet the HIPAA privacy and security standards.

Meanwhile, KPMG will investigate the claims of local electors who questioned the money presented by West Dorset District Council following questions hurled by three local electors against the Council’s process of moving its office in Charles Street.

KPMG will also interview senior information officers, privacy officer and legal counsel. In addition to its task under the contract, the consulting firm will examine the physical features and operations of healthcare providers, as well as their compliance with HIPAA requirements.

The awarding of contract was announced by national health IT coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari on July 6, saying it was important to advance health information exchange to assure the privacy and security of patients’ data.

Approximately 150 healthcare providers will be visited and audited by KPMG under the contract, which will commence next year.

Based on the award description in the Federal Business Opportunities, the healthcare providers must report about the site visits, best practices recorded, negative findings, and recommendations.

The Office of Civil Rights oversees health privacy information issues and HIPAA enforcement. The HITECH Act strengthened the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

 

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