New! - Modified HIPAA Compliance during the COVID-19 Emergency

Duration: 60 Minutes
Instructor: Paul R. Hales
Webinar Id: 802039


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Emergency waivers of some HIPAA compliance requirements have been put in place to help Health Care Providers throughout the United State cope with the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

Although not often used, some HIPAA Rules were specifically designed to address emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic remain in place.

All Covered Entities and Business Associates need to know how to take advantage of the new temporary HIPAA compliance procedures and refresh their familiarity with HIPAA Rules designed for the current public health crisis.Emergency HIPAA waivers were established to lessen administrative burdens and expand ways our health care system can care for an enormously increased number of patients.

We are all facing this Public Health emergency together. The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services through CMS and its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have issued waivers and modifications to HIPAA compliance that are extremely helpful - and would have been unimaginable two months ago. They may take further steps before the date of this webinar and if so, we will include them.

Why you should Attend: You should attend this webinar to learn how to take advantage of the new, temporary HIPAA waivers designed to reduce stress and patient surge during the COVID-19 outbreak and brush up on HIPAA Rules for use and disclosure of PHI that apply to Public Health Emergencies.

The webinar will include all modifications to HIPAA made up to the date it is presented. Don't miss the opportunity to learn how HIPAA has changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and how you can provide health care services more efficiently to a larger number of patients while still complying with HIPAA.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • Brief review of basic HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule requirements for Uses and Disclosures of Protected health Information (PHI) that apply in a public health emergency like an infectious disease outbreak
  • Uses and Disclosures of PHI concerning infectious diseases in "Normal" times that remain in effect during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
  • New temporary modifications relaxing HIPAA enforcement during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
  • New modifications that encourage widespread use of Telehealth during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
  • New CMS Telehealth temporary reimbursement guidance
  • OCR guidance allowing Providers to use commercially available video chat apps to provide Telehealth services to patients in any location and on any health care topic – not limited to COVID-19
  • New FCC Declaratory Ruling permitting specific types of Emergency Health Care Calls and Texts without prior express consent of called party
  • Best practices for employing Telehealth and HIPAA waivers during the during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
  • Special HIPAA waivers of patient Privacy Rule rights available to hospitals that institute their disaster protocol for 72 hours after institution of the disaster protocol

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

Speaker 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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