COVID-19 Emergency Telehealth, Email and Texting

July 1, 2020 - CA US


Overview: OCR issued important and useful guidance to Providers reviewing HIPAA rules for disclosures of a patient's protected health information (PHI) during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. The guidance includes disclosures to family, friends and persons involved in care; disclosures to public health authorities, first responders, the media and disclosures to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health and safety of a person or the public. Although OCR announced it will not impose penalties on health care providers for noncompliance with certain requirements related to telehealth, it emphasized that most HIPAA Rules protecting the privacy and security of patient information remain in effect and will be enforced. Nevertheless we have seen COVID-19 related disclosures HIPAA privacy violations. This webinar will cover OCR's guidance for disclosures of PHI that it is continuing to enforce. Why you should Attend: You should attend this webinar to learn how you may disclose PHI without a patient's authorization without giving the patient the opportunity to agree or object to the disclosure during the COVID-19 emergency and how you may disclose PHI that may not be disclosed if a patient objects when the patient is unable to agree or object. Areas Covered in the Session: Disclosures of PHI during the COVID-19 Emergency without a patient’s authorization Disclosures of PHI to family, friends and persons involved in the patient's care Disclosures to Disaster Relief Agencies Disclosures to Law Enforcement, EMS, Paramedics and other First Responders Disclosures to Public Health Authorities Disclosures to the Media Disclosures to prevent a serious and imminent threat to the health and safety of a person or the public Best Practices for making and documenting disclosures of PHI Who Will Benefit: Health Care Covered Entities Health Care Providers Hospitals Clinics Health Care Practices of all types and sizes Physical, Occupational and Behavioral Therapists Health Plans Group Health Plan Administrators Third Party Group Health Plan Administrators Health Plan Administrators Personnel Executive Management - all Covered Entities Compliance Committee - Covered Entity Board of Trustees Practice Managers - Covered Entities Attorneys for Covered Entities - In-house and Outside Counsel Chief Compliance Officer - all Covered Entities HIPAA Compliance Officials - Privacy and Security Patient Engagement and Marketing Specialists Patient Outreach Coordinators Risk Managers Covered Entity Owners and Senior Management Compliance Committee - Physician, Practitioner-owned Covered Entities Vendors and Business Associates Billing companies Collection Agencies Practice Management Companies Health Care Marketing Consultants Health Care Compliance Consultants Attorneys for Business Associates - In-house and Outside Counsel Paul R. Hales - MentorHealthSpeaker Profile Paul R. Hales, J.D. is widely recognized for his expert knowledge and ability to explain the HIPAA Rules clearly in plain language. Paul is an attorney licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States and a graduate of Columbia University Law School with an international practice in HIPAA privacy and security. He is the author of all content in The HIPAA E-Tool®, an Internet-based, complete HIPAA compliance solution with separate editions for Covered Entities, Business Associates, Health Plans and Third Party Administrators.

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