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COVID-19 and HIPAA

Collection of articles for Healthcare Professionals

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As healthcare professionals everywhere are struggling to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, we thought it might be worthwhile to bring together a collection of articles on HIPAA and COVID-19. These can also be found in the CompliancePro Reference Library in the folder “COVID-19 and HIPAA.

AHIMA Special Update: Release of Information Recommendations

Commentary: AHIMA has published this Special Update regarding release of patient health information during the COVID-19 pandemic to help HIM professionals safeguard the integrity of their health systems’ quality control practices and help patients comply with increasingly widespread shelter-in-place orders. Read article

COVID-19 & HIPAA Bulletin Limited Waiver of HIPAA Sanctions and Penalties During a Nationwide Public Health Emergency(March 2020)

Commentary: A very important bulletin that relaxes a number of specific HIPAA policies and enforcement rules, but these provisions only apply to specific healthcare organizations under a public emergency declaration. Otherwise, HIPAA policies remain in place. Read article

Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency

Commentary: Note the specific audio/video applications that provide HIPAA-compliant products and are willing to enter into a BAA, which is recommended but not required under this policy. Read article

FAQs on Telehealth and HIPAA during the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency

Commentary: Read this after the HHS Notification of Telehealth enforcement to clarify a number of things, including what is meant by good/bad faith, non-public facing, Telehealth expiration, and the penalty for violations of this policy. Read article

HIPAA, Civil Rights, and COVID-19

Commentary: An HHS web site that contains a useful document on disclosures of PHI to Law Enforcement and other professionals. Also contains the above Telehealth documents. Read article

Section 3221 of the COVID-19 Cares Act

Commentary: This section has made HUGE changes to the 42 CFR Part 2 rule about consents, disclosures and some HIPAA synchronization. This took everyone by surprise and has very important ramifications for healthcare providers, especially those that perform substance abuse treatment. Read more