Amid a global pandemic, life as we know it changes. The practice of medicine changes, too. Social distancing makes seeing patients in the office a challenge, so the push toward telehealth options is a logical solution. Allowing certain employees to work remotely is another option to reduce exposure. Both options come with challenges. One of those challenges is HIPAA. The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced enforcement discretion and issued guidance documents for telehealth, first responders, and disclosures for public health activities by business associates during the current public health emergency. This session will provide clarification on these Notices and guidance provided by the OCR.
1. Explain what the OCR’s “enforcement discretion” for telehealth means and how it will impact the practice of medicine in the current environment
2. Address remote workers and the HIPAA requirements for the privacy and security of PHI
3. Clarify existing permitted disclosures of PHI for public health and emergency situations