How did the Public Health Emergency impact HIPAA?  At the start of the PHE, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a Notification of Enforcement Discretion to all health care providers that are covered by HIPAA and provide telehealth services during an emergency.  What it has meant is that covered health care providers would not be subject to penalties for violations of the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules that occur in the good faith provision of telehealth during the PHE.  But the PHE will be coming to an end on May 11, 2023, which means that enforcement will resume.

How will things change after the end of the PHE?  It is of utmost importance for all providers to understand the intersection between Telehealth and HIPAA!  To start with, check out this article we wrote on "Preparing for the End of the PHE and the End of HIPAA Enforcement Discretion".

The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) has created this video on how telehealth works with HIPAA and health privacy laws.

Visit our HIPAA Compliance and Security section as part of our Telebehavioral Health Center of Excellence!

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