HHS Announces Limited HIPAA Privacy Rule Waivers Due to Hurricane Laura and the Californian Wildfires

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

The Secretary of the HHS, Alex Azar, has declared a public health emergency exists in the states of Louisiana and Texas as a result of the consequences of Hurricane Laura, and in California due to ongoing wildfires.

During public health emergencies the HIPAA Rules are not suspended; however, the HHS Secretary may choose to waive certain provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule under the Project Bioshield Act of 2004 (PL 108-276) and section 1135(b)(7) of the Social Security Act.

In addition to the declaration of public health emergencies, the HHS Secretary has declared that sanctions and penalties against hospitals will be waived for the following provisions...

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