The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has continued its enforcement of HIPAA’s privacy and security rules in the new administration, announcing a number of settlements of alleged violations in the first seven months of 2021. This settlement activity followed a few other significant HIPAA developments
Disclosing Information about the Novel Coronavirus under HIPAA
Health care providers, health plans, and others who are subject to HIPAA are sure to have questions about when they may disclose information about individuals who have contracted, or been exposed to, Coronavirus (COVID-19).
To address these questions, the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has issued guidance. First, it…