Health Information Management

Guidance on HIPAA implications of H1N1

HIM-HIPAA Insider, November 9, 2009

Following the recent declaration for H1N1 flu as a national health emergency, the government posted a number of documents that have HIPAA implications, says Frank Ruelas, director of compliance and risk management at Maryvale Hospital and principal, HIPAA Boot Camp, in Casa Grande, AZ.

Ruelas points to this document on the CDC Web site that summarizes other related documents online.

“Many of these documents help clear up questions on whether the subsequent 1135 waivers suspend HIPAA, the time frame related to these waivers, and those provisions of the HIPAA privacy rule where the Secretary of HHS may waive sanctions and penalties,” Ruelas says.

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