COVID-19: HIPAA Matters: Privacy and Security Expectations During a Crisis

COVID-19: HIPAA Matters: Privacy and Security Expectations During a Crisis

COVID-19: HIPAA Matters: Privacy and Security Expectations During a Crisis

COVID-19: HIPAA Matters: Privacy and Security Expectations During a Crisis

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The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and subsequent amendments are based on the privacy and security rules. During a local or national crisis, additional rules and safeguards may apply. The President declared the Coronavirus (COVID-19) a national emergency on March 13, 2020. On March 19, 2020, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that the department will exercise its enforcement discretion and will not impose penalties for noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under the HIPAA Rules against covered health care providers in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency. This notification is effective immediately. The webinar will focus on the CMS guidelines for telehealth and the potential payment delays and legal ramifications that can result if organization's are not fully prepared. We will review the compliance elements required for written guidelines and training for providers and staff, appropriate settings for “drive-through” services, and how to update patient privacy notices. We will also review other liabilities that should be considered when adopting these exceptions, such as other conflicting state privacy laws, avoiding the use of unsecured social media, and training that will be helpful for providers and staff.

COURSE INFORMATION

45 minValid for 12 monthsCreated 2020-04-07Updated 2020-04-07

Course Objectives

  • Understand the conditions and limitations of the emergency orders and what factors are considered “good faith efforts”.
  • Define the security and Privacy elements of telehealth that are affected by the emergency order as well as implications for future regulatory changes.
  • Become familiar with the types of communication platforms that are suggested by HHS and those that are likely not to comply with the security and privacy laws.
  • Understand the implications of state consumer protection and HIPAA regulations in regard to Protected Health Information (PHI) and potential liabilities.

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