If you’ve been delaying the adoption of HIPAA compliant telehealth, you’re going to want to think again. Beginning January 21, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is going back to pre-Covid HIPAA compliance norms that include working with a HIPAA compliant telehealth provider and having a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) in place with that provider.
Since the start of the Covid 19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and many state licensing boards relaxed long-standing rules in order to give the industry some breathing room as everyone was forced to quickly adapt to the new normal of telehealth.
The OCR specifically, loosened HIPAA requirements and allowed providers the opportunity to use a non-HIPAA compliant video platform – provided the platform was not public facing and the patient understood and consented to the risks. As part of this, the requirement to have a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) in place with telehealth providers was temporarily waived.
For example, you are a small mental health practice and the easiest, quickest way to transition to telehealth during this pandemic was to register for an individual account with a video conferencing service and no formal BAA agreement in place. That might be working out for you so far but starting on January 21, 2021, it means you’ll be in violation of HIPAA rules and subject to hefty HIPAA violation fines.
The good news is that offering HIPAA compliant telehealth can be a seamless process, especially when you work with HIPAA Video. We have been a leader in educating the industry on the importance of adopting HIPAA compliant telehealth as a standard telehealth best practice, regardless of where the world stands with the Covid-19 pandemic.
As medical providers look to meet the upcoming January 21st deadline, we are here to help. Check out our page on 4 ways to know if you are using a HIPAA Compliant Telehealth Platform so that you know exactly what to look for as you transition to HIPAA compliant telehealth by January 21st.
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