OMB cleared the HIPAA pre-audit survey late last week. (H/T LifeHealthPro.) That is one crucial prerequisite to OCR's initiation of the new round of HIPAA audits that have been the subject of all the Delphic prophecies we keep hearing (the survey is required to collect information about covered entities and their business associates, since this round of audits is supposed to include a look at business associates . . . and OCR won't know who's a business associate unless they ask covered entities).
OCR has apparently already identified "several hundred" covered entities (see "OCR supporting statement A") to which it would like to administer the questionnaire this time around (out of an estimated 3 million covered entities).