HIPAA Penalties Suspended for Telehealth During COVID-19 National Emergency

HIPAA Penalties Suspended for Telehealth During COVID-19 National Emergency

A covered health care provider that wants to use audio or video communication technology to provide telehealth to patients during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency can use any non-public facing remote communication product that is available to communicate with patients. This exercise of discretion applies to telehealth provided for any reason, regardless of whether the telehealth service is related to the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions related to COVID-19.The announcement offered a few non-HIPAA compliant services that could now be used to communicate with patients including: Apple FaceTime, Facebook Messenger video chat, Google Hangouts video, or Skype. T

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