HHS RELEASES HIPAA BULLETIN IN WAKE OF CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

HealthLeaders Media

Following the public health emergency (PHE) declaration in the state of California due to wildfires, HHS released a bulletin covering HIPAA waivers and disclosures during emergency situations.

Under PHE circumstances, HHS Secretary Alex Azar has exercised the authority to waive sanctions and penalties against a covered entity (CE) that does not comply with the following provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule:

The requirements to obtain a patient’s agreement to speak with family members or friends involved in the patient’s care

The requirement to honor...

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