Analysis: Impact of HHS' HIPAA Moves for COVID-19 Crisis

Analysis: Impact of HHS' HIPAA Moves for COVID-19 Crisis

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Partner Kirk Nahra spoke with HealthcareInfoSecurity to discuss recent HIPAA-related moves by federal regulators, noting that while recent actions aim to improve health information sharing and care coordination during the COVID-19 outbreak, some of the actions could create even more confusion.

Nahra addressed additional topics including:

  • The potential impact of HIPAA waivers issued by HHS' Office for Civil Rights;
  • Privacy and security considerations for healthcare entities as COVID-19 testing expands nationwide;
  • Recent HHS OCR guidance about COVID-19-related patient information disclosures to first responders and public health authorities;
  • The potential impact of the COVID-19 crisis on regulatory deadlines contained in HHS' recently issued final rules pertaining to patient access, interoperability and information blocking;
  • A provision in Congress' pending COVID-19 stimulus package regarding disclosures of records relating to substance use disorders;
  • OCR's long-term plans to modify the HIPAA rules.

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