COVID-19: OCR Reminds Providers of Media Access Restrictions to PHI

HealthITSecurity.com

Jessica Davis

The Office for Civil Rights issued a reminder to healthcare providers that even amid the COVID-19 crisis, the HIPAA Privacy Rule does not permit them to give site access to media and other film crews where protected health information could be accessible without the patients’ prior consent.

Providers must first obtain a valid HIPAA authorization from each patient whose PHI could accessible to the media before the media is given access to that health information.

Further, it’s not enough to mask or obscure the patients’ faces or any identifying information before broadcasting a recording of a patient. OCR stress a valid HIPAA authorization is...

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