Lenient Doesn’t Mean Lazy

In mid-March, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that they would use “enforcement discretion” in regard to HIPAA compliance with telehealth.  And, the healthcare community gave out a collective sigh of...

Changes Ahead

While we have all had to adjust in obvious ways to the pandemic, the reality is that after the panic subsides, and after the immediate emergency vibe in the air passes, we will never return to the way things once were.  We are in a new reality, or as many keep saying,...

Healthcare Trendsetters

COVID-19 has given us a type of Fashion Week within healthcare, where new trends and rising stars emerge unexpectedly, and all at an alarmingly fast pace down the virtual runway. We are seeing work from home take on a whole new significance, which leads to new...

Mental Health Assessments

We find ourselves months into the trenches of the COVID-19 crisis, and with each new day comes not only a different set of problems but new solutions as well.  As first responders, public safety officers, and the medical community continue to show the need to increase...

COVID-19 Long Term Affects

We’ve all had to make adjustments to how we work, how we live, and how we interact overall with humanity during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This means that we’ve been stricter in some regard, and more relaxed in others (limiting screen time, who can be bothered?). The...

Redefining Identifiable Data

HIPAA provides guidelines to establish the permissible use of an individual’s personal health information (PHI).  Seems pretty straightforward for the most part.  And it was – for the most part.  Until we start to dig a little deeper and look at the resources...