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Your practice has more time to purchase and implement a HIPAA-compliant telehealth system thanks to a decision by the HHS Office for Civil Rights.
Your practice should expect to get docked several thousand dollars and be ready to enter a mandatory corrective action plan if it doesn’t have a system for responding to patient requests for medical records and other protected health information (PHI). It only takes one patient to trigger an expensive settlement.
Take note of the regulation updates that roll back some Stark rules and allow business associates to release information to public health officials.
You can use readily available communications apps such as Google Hangouts and Skype to provide telehealth and communications-based services to all patients during the COVID-19 emergency, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has clarified. But make sure the app or platform you use meets OCR’s guidelines.
You’ll find immediate opportunity to provide virtual visits to patients enrolled in Medicare plans as CMS seeks to facilitate screening and treatment of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases through telehealth services.


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