Now is a great time for healthcare providers to assess their compliance with HIPAA’s right of access requirements. Not only is this a hot area of enforcement, patients’ rights to access medical records may become even more robust based on proposed… Read more
Governor Northam recently enacted Executive Order 60 (EO 60) granting limited immunity to health care providers responding to the COVID-19 disaster. The immunity covers claims of injury or wrongful death but does not cover gross negligence or willful misconduct. Gross… Read more
On April 17, 2020, Governor Northam announced an executive order issued to support the increase in volume of health care workers in Virginia in order to help combat COVID-19. Executive Order Number 57 (the “Order”) temporarily relaxes the licensure requirements… Read more
New HIPAA guidance clarifies when healthcare providers may disclose information about patients who may have been infected with or exposed to COVID-19 to law enforcement, paramedics, first responders and public health authorities. The guidance, issued by the Office for Civil… Read more
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced last week it was exercising its enforcement discretion to temporarily waive certain HIPAA penalties against healthcare providers. This change will allow for the more flexible good faith provision of telehealth services during this… Read more
Healthcare providers must continue to be cognizant of patient privacy and HIPAA requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the HIPAA Privacy Rule remains in effect during a public health emergency, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (“HHS”) may… Read more
As the COVID-19 coronavirus takes hold in the United States, many providers are beginning to limit traditional face-to-face treatment and are starting to rely on telehealth services to treat patients. Health and Human Service’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and… Read more
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it has developed a new billing code for use by laboratories to bill for certain COVID-19 diagnostic tests. The Medicare claims processing systems will be able to accept the new COVID-19… Read more
For Hospitals, Long Term Care Facilities, Physician Offices, Urgent Care Clinics, and Other Providers: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold daily, healthcare entities of all sizes will need to continually assess their readiness to respond to the spread of… Read more
Patients’ right to access their health information is a core patient right protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act). The HIPAA Omnibus Rule, which… Read more
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