The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance on audio-only telehealth in June. This guidance provides helpful tips on how covered entities (CE) can use remote communication technologies to provide audio-only telehealth services in a manner consistent with HIPAA requirements.
Now that the fourth quarter has arrived, things are winding down for 2022. This is a good time to reflect on the past year of HIPAA compliance and prepare for 2023. Here is a roundup of HIPAA topics and some actionable tips for compliance.
In early June, Congress released a bipartisan draft bill called the American Data Privacy and Protection Act. The goal of this bill is to create a regulation that organizations in any industry would need to accord with compliance. On the surface, this sounds great, but in reality, it is unrealistic.
In August, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced a settlement with New England Dermatology P.C., known as New England Dermatology and Laser Center, over the improper disposal of PHI, which is a potential HIPAA Privacy Rule violation.