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August 25, 2022
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued guidance on how covered entities may use voice-only telemedicine services in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. has been issued.
Partner Reece Hirsch said the guidance is consistent with previous statements from OCR, but may help providers who have adopted or expanded their use of telemedicine only during the COVID-19 pandemic. is emphasized.
“It also suggests that we will receive further guidance on the use of video telemedicine after the public health emergency is over,” said Reece.
He notes that perhaps the most important takeaway from the guidance is the compliance efforts required by other technologies for the electronic transmission of protected health information, rather than the compliance efforts required by other technologies for providers to use only common sense precautions for standard landline telephones. It points out that it is possible to use communication.
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