In response to the COVID-19 national emergency, President Trump announced a temporary “dramatic expansion of our Medicare telehealth services” allowing Medicare patients “to visit any doctor by phone or video conference at no additional cost.”
This is a historic breakthrough in healthcare which has never been done before.
Although these changes are said to be temporary, opening up telehealth to patients at this scope is sure to have a lasting impact on traditional healthcare and treatment models.
There is no question practitioners will need HIPAA compliant secure technology to use with patients long after this the COVID-19 crisis passes, when simply jumping on Google Hangouts or FaceTime will be a severe violation to patient privacy and subject to steep fines and lawsuits.
Is your practice prepared to deliver secure, reliable telehealth long-term?
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a statement yesterday saying it “will exercise its enforcement discretion and will not impose penalties for noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under the HIPAA Rules against covered health care providers in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.”
This means practitioners may now have the short-term ability to meet the immediate needs and demands of the Coronavirus crisis using popular voice or video applications, but must ensure all available encryption and privacy modes are enabled when using these applications and notify patients that these third-party applications highly expose them to privacy risks.
Why not set your practice up for long-term success now?
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