The HIPAA Privacy-Security Rule is the key feature of HIPAA and must be followed by all covered entities and business associates. All covered entity organizations that handle protected health information (PHI) must follow the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Under HIPAA, PHI is individually identifiable health information that is used, maintained, stored or transmitted by a HIPAA covered entity. It is the responsibility of these organizations to safeguard all protected health information and demonstrate this through carefully crafted HIPAA Policies. The covered entity could be a healthcare provider, health plan, health insurer or healthcare clearinghouse. No matter what your circumstances HIPAA Associates is here to assist with your HIPAA Policies & Procedures.
Guidance from OCR: COVID and HIPAA The HIPAA Privacy Rule requirements have been a challenge to healthcare providers due to the unusual circumstances caused while treating patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has monitored the situation and taken steps to ensure healthcare is not compromised while still safeguarding the integrity of protected health information. It is likely HIPAA and COVID will remain an important topic for some time to come. The OCR has provided Bulletins, Notifications of Enforcement [...]