COVID-19 Community Testing: Getting HIPAA Protection
The fear of violating HIPAA, as with many such fears, was not necessarily well placed. A CBTS is an extension of operations to any number of healthcare providers, including hospitals, physician groups, and pharmacies. The testing would be a healthcare service that is part of operations. From that perspective, a CBTS is similar to setting up a new office. As such, it seems that the attention garnered by COVID-19 was just thrown up as a barrier to getting needed care.