The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it will provide a 90-day transition period for physicians to move to HIPAA-compliant telehealth technologies after the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) ends May 11. This means OCR may start imposing penalties again on Aug. 10, after not doing so for certain HIPAA violations during the PHE-driven telehealth expansion.
When the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) expired May 11, many temporary policies initiated in response to the pandemic ceased or began to be phased out. This series intends to help practices weather the transition:
The transition period recognizes that physicians and other health care providers may need additional time to comply with HIPAA rules. Some might have to switch to a HIPAA-compliant telehealth vendor or revise policies to ensure compliance with HIPAA requirements. OCR also intends to provide additional guidance on telehealth remote communications during the transition period.
Here are three things practices can do today to prepare:
— Erin Solis, AAFP Manager of Practice and Payment
Posted on May 2, 2023 by FPM Editors
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