Health Care

Healthcare Providers May Now Use Apple FaceTime, Facebook Messenger Video Chat, Google Hangouts Video and Skype to Provide Telehealth to Patients During COVID-19 Public Emergency

By: Mark G. Kmiecik On March 18, 2020, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced that covered healthcare providers (“providers”) may now use Apple FaceTime, Facebook Messenger video chat, Google Hangouts video, and Skype to provide telehealth to patients during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency without fear or the risk that OCR might seek to impose a penalty for...

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Secretary Azar Waives Certain HIPAA Sanctions and Penalties Against Covered Hospitals

By: Mark G. Kmiecik Effective March 15, 2020, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Alex M. Azar, exercised the emergency authority granted to him under Section 1 of the Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak (the “COVID-19 National Emergency Declaration”) to waive sanctions and penalties against a...

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CMS Suspends Nursing Home Inspections, Offers Guidance in Wake of Coronavirus

By: Alec Dobson The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is suspending non-emergency inspections of nursing homes so inspectors can focus on the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  CMS also announced guidance for controlling COVID-19 in nursing homes. CMS announced March 4 that, effective immediately, it will conduct only the following survey inspections, in order of priority:...

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