In February 2020, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a bulletin outlining when and how patient’s protected health information (PHI) can be shared in the case of an outbreak of infectious disease, while still adhering to HIPAA compliance guidelines.
The HIPAA Privacy Rules still protects patients’ PHI, but it also needs to ensure necessary information is available to treat a patient AND to protect the nation’s public health. Most of the information in the bulletin is a reminder of current HIPAA elements that apply today. However, the Coronavirus outbreak make these components more applicable at this time, and a reminder to staff may be helpful.
For the complete bulletin and resource, see the link below.