OCR Announces Notification of Enforcement Discretion to Allow Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information by Business Associates for Public Health and Health Oversight Activities During The COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency

03. April 2020 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced, effective immediately, that it will exercise its enforcement discretion and will not impose penalties for violations of certain provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule against health care providers or their business associates for the good faith uses ...

DOJ and HHS Partner to Distribute More Than Half A Million Medical Supplies Confiscated From Price Gougers

03. April 2020 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced the distribution of hoarded personal protective equipment (PPE), including approximately 192,000 N95 respirator masks, to those on the frontline of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response in New York and New Jersey. The Federal Bureau of Investigation ...

Optimizing Ventilator Use during the COVID-19 Pandemic

01. April 2020 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Because of the unprecedented demand on hospital and ICU resources during the COVID-19 (SARS CoV-2) pandemic, many hospitals may be challenged with providing mechanical ventilation to all those in need of this therapy. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are working with multiple partners that ...