COVID-19 Crisis Triggers More HIPAA Policy Changes

April 2, 2020

In the latest move to relax certain HIPAA requirements during the COVID-19 crisis, federal regulators Thursday paved the way for business associates to share protected health information for public health-related activities during the pandemic.

The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights, the agency that enforces HIPAA, outlined the new policy in a statement issued Thursday. OCR will now exercise "enforcement discretion" for violations of certain provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule involving "good faith" uses and disclosures of protected health information by business associates for public health-related activities during the crisis.

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