HIPAA Privacy Rule and the Coronavirus Outbreak

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Robert D. Reynolds

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a bulletin to remind covered entities and their business associates that the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s protections still apply during a public health emergency, such as the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The bulletin also outlines the different ways that patient information may be shared under the Privacy Rule during an outbreak of infectious disease or another emergency situation.

The Privacy Rule only applies to covered entities and their business associates, and not to employers. Covered entities include ...

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