Notification of Enforcement Discretion for telehealth remote communications during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency

Notification of Enforcement Discretion for telehealth remote communications during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency

This is a major announcement and one that I did not see coming from this administration. This should be done years ago, especially with most of the major players in this space HIPAA compliant already.

IMHO

We are empowering medical providers to serve patients wherever they are during this national public health emergency. We are especially concerned about reaching those most at risk, including older persons and persons with disabilities. – Roger Severino, OCR Director.

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for enforcing certain regulations issued under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), as amended by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, to protect the privacy and security of protected health information, namely the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules (the HIPAA Rules).

During the COVID-19 national emergency, which also constitutes a nationwide public health emergency, covered health care providers subject to the HIPAA Rules may seek to communicate with patients, and provide telehealth services, through remote communications technologies. Some of these technologies, and the manner in which they are used by HIPAA covered health care providers, may not fully comply with the requirements of the HIPAA Rules.

OCR will exercise its enforcement discretion and will not impose penalties for noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under the HIPAA Rules against covered health care providers in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency. This notification is effective immediately…

The rest of the post is Sourced: Notification of Enforcement Discretion for telehealth

Tech can help the elderly…if they use it

It is nice to see that the AARP generation, of which I am a part of, is getting some attention in the tech community. However, with other mundane issues involving healthcare such as the lack of expansion of Medicaid in certain states, including the state I live in (NC) and all that touch it, this is all a moot point because when the premiums and deductibles are not afforded, Medicare in NC is only good to keep the Affordable Care Act penalties away. That doesn’t help anyone, but TPTB could care less because they “got theirs”, want more, and have no concern for those not so fortunate.

A growing number of apps and devices are designed to help manage care of older patients, but the nagging reality is that they’re going unused. At least for now.

https://www.cnet.com/news/tech-can-help-the-elderly-if-they-use-it/