HHS Issues HIPAA Guidelines for Telehealth (Audio-Only Telehealth Services)

On June 13, 2022, the Department of Health and Human Services issued guidance on HIPAA telehealth requirements, as these requirements pertain to audio-only telehealth services. The HIPAA guidance issued by HHS covers how and when covered health care providers and health plans can use remote communication technologies to provide audio-only telehealth services when OCR’s Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth is no longer in effect. [...]

2022-06-15T08:56:55-04:00June 13th, 2022|

Telehealth Security Concerns in Mental Health Uncovered in Patient Survey

A recent survey uncovered security gaps in over a third of telehealth appointments by mental health providers. The survey, conducted by Propeller Insights on behalf of Dr. First, asked more than 1,000 mental health patients about whether or not they used telehealth services for their sessions, and for those that did, if those sessions met HIPAA standards. The survey findings, as well as telehealth security, are discussed in [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:45-04:00December 20th, 2021|

Is Microsoft Lync HIPAA Compliant?

With videoconferencing virtually everywhere and telehealth growing in popularity, finding a telecommunication application or provider that is HIPAA compliant is vital to your business. One of the earliest widespread teleconferencing tools was Microsoft Lync 2010. After its initial release, Lync was updated, then later merged with/replaced by Skype for Business. Last year, Microsoft announced that its Teams application would be replacing Skype. [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:46-04:00December 16th, 2021|

Remote Workers and HIPAA: How You Can Keep Your Healthcare Business Secure

With more and more remote workers in the healthcare space, PHI security should be a top concern. A recent survey determined that 44% of employees are currently working from home, with several employers expecting workers to continue to work remotely permanently. So what does this mean for cybersecurity and HIPAA compliance? To provide healthcare organizations with guidance, remote workers and HIPAA is discussed. Remote Workers and HIPAA: Data [...]

2021-02-03T16:09:45-05:00February 1st, 2021|

CMS Telehealth Expansion Made Permanent 

During the coronavirus public health emergency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) temporarily expanded telehealth reimbursement. However, as these temporary measures are set to expire once the public health emergency (PHE) has passed, there have been pleas for permanent expanded access. It was announced earlier this month that Congress has made CMS telehealth expansion permanent for beneficiaries in rural areas. More details are discussed below. CMS Telehealth [...]

2021-02-23T17:15:18-05:00December 15th, 2020|

Telehealth Waiver Beyond the Pandemic

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the need for telehealth services led the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to temporarily ease restrictions surrounding its use. However, at some point the emergency telehealth waiver will expire.  What Was the Purpose of the Telehealth Waiver The HHS passed the emergency telehealth waiver in an effort to increase access to telehealth, and allow providers to [...]

2020-11-19T13:26:59-05:00November 19th, 2020|

What are Telehealth Laws By State?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, states have implemented regulatory changes related to telehealth. Telehealth and telemedicine laws by state are discussed below. Telehealth Laws by State: Medicaid Populations The federal Medicaid program has affected telehealth laws by state. Medicaid gives states broad authority to permit coverage for telehealth services. Before the COVID-19 emergency, many states had already implemented broad telehealth coverage. Since March of 2020, [...]

2022-05-06T14:25:55-04:00October 6th, 2020|

Is Google Voice HIPAA Compliant?

Google Voice is a VoIP provider - a service that transmits phone calls through an internet connection - that has become increasingly popular amid the new work from home environment. As with any software, healthcare organizations need to determine its HIPAA compliance before it can be used in conjunction with PHI. The question of, is Google Voice HIPAA compliant, is discussed below. [...]

2020-11-16T09:02:44-05:00September 3rd, 2020|

What are the Benefits of Telehealth?

Telehealth is the delivery of healthcare, patient education, health information, and self-care, via audio or audiovisual means, at a location remote from the patient. Doctors who offer telehealth treatment can perform many of the same services rendered in person. These include prescribing medicine, diagnosing conditions, and offering prognoses. The benefits of telehealth include benefits for patients as well as for physicians. HIPAA Compliance is an important part [...]

2022-04-07T22:46:38-04:00August 21st, 2020|

HIPAA Compliant Video Chat

It seems as though the coronavirus pandemic has had a lasting effect on telehealth. However, the extended public health emergency won’t last forever, at some point, likely soon, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will start its enforcement actions on the use of non-HIPAA compliant video chat tools. So now is the time to look at your video chat tool to see if [...]

2021-07-30T16:21:25-04:00August 19th, 2020|