HIPAA and Telehealth FAQ from HHS

Healthcare IT Today

We wrote previously about HIPAA enforcement being suspended for telehealth during COVID-19 and more details on how to implement it. Plus, we shared the expansion of Medicare coverage and payment for telehealth. The good news is that HHS released a HIPAA and Telehealth FAQ that addresses some of those […]. However, there were still many questions.

HIPAA 55

Telehealth, HIPAA compliance and innovation tracking

Aging in Place Technology Watch

But the interest and use of telehealth in senior living has been accelerating since April 2019, when Medicare Advantage plans began covering it. And further, when senior living companies were enabled to provide their own Medicare advantage plans , that piqued more interest in telehealth.

HIPAA 117

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

A Profile of People in Medicare Advantage Plans – HealthMine’s Survey of “Digital Immigrants”

Health Populi

There are over 60 million enrollees in Medicare in 2019, and fully one-third are in Medicare Advantage plans. Medicare is adding 10,000 new beneficiaries every day in the U.S. Younger Medicare beneficiaries are more digitally engaged (connected) than their older peers.

Why Therapists Should Use HIPAA-Compliant Telehealth Platforms During COVID-19

TheraNest

Although the OCR has temporarily lifted regulations regarding HIPAA-compliance and telehealth platforms, it is still best practice to use a HIPAA secure telehealth platform to deliver mental health care to your clients. 6 Reasons To Use A HIPAA-Compliant Telehealth Platform.

HIPAA 82

Regulatory Compliance For Healthcare Organizations

Electronic Health Reporter

Even so, it’s the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that gets the most […]. Editorial HIPAA HITECH Jordan MacAvoy Medicaid and Medicare compliance Reciprocity LabsThis article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Jordan MacAvoy, vice president of marketing, Reciprocity Labs. There are several regulatory compliance requirements that healthcare organizations must follow.

Pandemic surveillance irks Congress

Morning eHealth

HIPAA noncompliance drops — Medicare to pay for some phone calls, though questions remain

HIPAA 120

Health Care In the COVID-19 Era – PwC Finds Self-Rationing of Care and Meds Especially for Chronic Care

Health Populi

Patients in the U.S. are self-rationing care in the era of COVID-19 by cutting spending on health care visits and prescription drugs.

How The Rapid Shift To Telehealth Leaves Many Community Health Centers Behind During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Henry Kotula

For Medicare, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded access to telehealth beyond designated rural areas, loosened HIPAA requirements around telehealth platforms, and instituted parity in reimbursement with in-person visits. [link].

Health Is Social – The Social Determinants of Health at HIMSS19

Health Populi

need a new-and-improved HIPAA or more over-arching new national privacy law like a USGDPR? To mitigate SDoH risks for older Americans, Medicare has begun to pay for services that promote coordinated care.

Texting patient information – The latest from CMS

Health Blawg

We are now back to the status quo ante, at least with respect to the question of whether and how texting may be used in hospitals subject to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (i.e., In order to be compliant with the CoPs or CfCs [Conditions for Coverage], all providers must utilize and maintain systems/platforms that are secure, encrypted, and minimize the risks to patient privacy and confidentiality as per HIPAA regulations and the CoPs or CfCs.

HIE 95

Texting patient information – The latest from CMS

Health Blawg

We are now back to the status quo ante, at least with respect to the question of whether and how texting may be used in hospitals subject to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (i.e., CMS has a communications problem.

HIE 78

Texting patient information – The latest from CMS

Health Blawg

We are now back to the status quo ante, at least with respect to the question of whether and how texting may be used in hospitals subject to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (i.e., CMS has a communications problem.

HIE 78

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

Fred notes that the DocGraph dataset of Medicare physician relationships with patients is the largest graph dataset — i.e. a dataset organized with nodes and edges — using real-name data out there, and is one of the few “people” graphs that are open. I caught up with Fred Trotter to talk about his work as a healthcare data journalist and about his service on the federal cybersecurity task force , which issued a report last year.

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

Fred notes that the DocGraph dataset of Medicare physician relationships with patients is the largest graph dataset — i.e. a dataset organized with nodes and edges — using real-name data out there, and is one of the few “people” graphs that are open.

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

Fred notes that the DocGraph dataset of Medicare physician relationships with patients is the largest graph dataset — i.e. a dataset organized with nodes and edges — using real-name data out there, and is one of the few “people” graphs that are open.

Texting patient information – The latest from CMS

Health Blawg

We are now back to the status quo ante, at least with respect to the question of whether and how texting may be used in hospitals subject to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (i.e., In order to be compliant with the CoPs or CfCs [Conditions for Coverage], all providers must utilize and maintain systems/platforms that are secure, encrypted, and minimize the risks to patient privacy and confidentiality as per HIPAA regulations and the CoPs or CfCs.

HIE 60

Texting patient information – The latest from CMS

Health Blawg

We are now back to the status quo ante, at least with respect to the question of whether and how texting may be used in hospitals subject to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (i.e., In order to be compliant with the CoPs or CfCs [Conditions for Coverage], all providers must utilize and maintain systems/platforms that are secure, encrypted, and minimize the risks to patient privacy and confidentiality as per HIPAA regulations and the CoPs or CfCs.

HIE 60

Texting patient information – The latest from CMS

Health Blawg

We are now back to the status quo ante, at least with respect to the question of whether and how texting may be used in hospitals subject to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (i.e., In order to be compliant with the CoPs or CfCs [Conditions for Coverage], all providers must utilize and maintain systems/platforms that are secure, encrypted, and minimize the risks to patient privacy and confidentiality as per HIPAA regulations and the CoPs or CfCs.

HIE 60

Texting patient information – The latest from CMS

Health Blawg

We are now back to the status quo ante, at least with respect to the question of whether and how texting may be used in hospitals subject to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (i.e., In order to be compliant with the CoPs or CfCs [Conditions for Coverage], all providers must utilize and maintain systems/platforms that are secure, encrypted, and minimize the risks to patient privacy and confidentiality as per HIPAA regulations and the CoPs or CfCs.

HIE 60

Will Health Consumers Morph Into Health Citizens? HealthConsuming Explains, Part 5

Health Populi

This was equally true for people whether enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, or covered by private insurance. The last chapter (8) of HealthConsuming considers whether Americans can become “health citizens.”

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

Fred notes that the DocGraph dataset of Medicare physician relationships with patients is the largest graph dataset — i.e. a dataset organized with nodes and edges — using real-name data out there, and is one of the few “people” graphs that are open. I caught up with Fred Trotter to talk about his work as a healthcare data journalist and about his service on the federal cybersecurity task force , which issued a report last year.

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

Fred notes that the DocGraph dataset of Medicare physician relationships with patients is the largest graph dataset — i.e. a dataset organized with nodes and edges — using real-name data out there, and is one of the few “people” graphs that are open. I caught up with Fred Trotter to talk about his work as a healthcare data journalist and about his service on the federal cybersecurity task force , which issued a report last year.

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

Fred notes that the DocGraph dataset of Medicare physician relationships with patients is the largest graph dataset — i.e. a dataset organized with nodes and edges — using real-name data out there, and is one of the few “people” graphs that are open. I caught up with Fred Trotter to talk about his work as a healthcare data journalist and about his service on the federal cybersecurity task force , which issued a report last year.

OCR will ease restrictions on telehealth tech during COVID-19

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The HHS Office for Civil Rights announced on Tuesday that during the coronavirus pandemic it will use discretion when enforcing HIPAA-compliance for telehealth communications tools.

HIPAA 170

Costs, Consumerism, Cyber and Care, Everywhere – The 2019 Health Populi TrendCast

Health Populi

Greater attention paid to the social determinants of health, by payors (both public in Medicaid and Medicare, and in private sector benefit plans) will promote peoples’ access to care, services and social support outside of traditional, legacy healthcare nodes.

Here's how smaller practices can prepare for continuing telehealth demands

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Until regulatory changes, such as those enacted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, had made telehealth provision more financially feasible, a doctor "had every economic incentive to require the patient to come to the office in person," he explained.

HIPAA 158

New bill would mandate research on telehealth regs after coronavirus

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The moves by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to relax regulations around telehealth have been lauded by providers and patients around the country.

What sort of staying power does telehealth really have?

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

This past week, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma said she "can't imagine going back" to making beneficiaries return to in-person visits after the agency's relaxation of telehealth regulations in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

HIPAA 171

The Top Telehealth Terms to Know

American Well

HIPAA-Compliant: Any company—including telehealth companies—that handle protected health information (PHI) must ensure that all security measures are in place and followed according to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

The Top Telehealth Terms to Know

American Well

HIPAA-Compliant: Any company—including telehealth companies—that handle protected health information (PHI) must ensure that all security measures are in place and followed according to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

A Therapist’s Guide to Working Remotely

TheraNest

HIPAA laws are still in effect, even though Medicare is allowing alternative telehealth platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic. Set up a Space in Your Home to be HIPAA-compliant. HIPAA compliance is first and foremost.

Telehealth's post-COVID challenge: integrating in-person care

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

He noted the moves by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reimburse providers for services and allow telehealth care between states , and the relaxed HIPAA regulations around technology use , as important contributors to the uptick in telehealth availability.

Psychiatrists 'pleasantly surprised' with transition to telemedicine

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Although research supported the efficacy of video telepsychiatry, the National Institute of Mental Health-funded study notes, only 5% of psychiatrists in the Medicare program had ever provided a telemedicine visit.

How one physician practice was transformed by EHR-embedded telehealth

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The practice needed a reliable system that would enable seamless patient scheduling, HIPAA-compliant video conferencing and billing, Miller said.

EHR 159

Consider tech adoption trends to contemplate what might be next

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Is telehealth done, long live healthcare? McKinsey consumer sentiments research indicates 35% of home healthcare visits post-COVID could become virtual visits, using remote care technologies that will be HIPAA compliant, noting that three-fourths of consumers surveyed are interested.

Essential Telemedicine Terms Clinicians Should Know

Enzyme Health

CMS : Stands for the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. CMS is the federal agency that administers HIPAA standards and develops Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement policies for telemedicine. Applying for telemedicine jobs and want to stand out?

How athenahealth’s EHR FaceTime feature is helping a solo practice during COVID-19

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

As a result of recent HHS guidance with adapted HIPAA guidelines, the integration enables providers to initiate a video call with a patient from directly within the app.

EHR 136

Can you identify 7 qualities of a successful telehealth program?

South Central Telehealth Resource Center

New legislation at state and federal levels is making it possible for telehealth services to be reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance carriers. In addition to self-pay patients, reimbursement can be sought through Medicaid, Medicare and commercial/private payers.

Avoid Coronavirus-Related Cancellations and No Shows with Telehealth

TheraNest

In fact, congressional leaders have agreed to a coronavirus response bill that will allow Medicare reimbursement for care providers using telehealth to treat patients at home. TheraNest provides a top-notch telehealth video platform that is easy to use and HIPAA-compliant.

Senate HELP Committee weighs the future of telehealth

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

advocated for two particular policy changes to be made permanent: the originating site rule, allowing physicians to be reimbursed for telehealth appointments wherever a patient is located, including a patient's home, and the expansion of Medicare- and Medicaid-reimbursable telehealth services.