OCR amends HIPAA Privacy Rule guidance for convalescent plasma

Healthcare IT News

Mike Miliard

The Office for Civil Rights at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services this week issued new amended guidance related to the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

Specifically, the agency noted that the rule allows health plans, in addition to other HIPAA-covered entities – hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories – to contact plan members to inform those who have recovered from COVID-19 about how they can donate their plasma to help treat others with COVID-19.

OCR had issued previous guidance in June, emphasizing that...

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