New HHS Rules, PHI, and Health Apps in the Age of COVID-19

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Catherine Short converses with Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA, principal with Rachel V. Rose – Attorney at Law, P.L.L.C., Houston, TX, on the topic of “New HHS Rules, PHI, and Health Apps in the Age of COVID-19.” On March 9, 2020, HHS announced the promulgation of two final rules – the ONC Final Rule and the CMS Final Rule. The purpose is to expand an individual patient’s control over their health data. It requires insurance plans to share health data with their patients in a format suitable for their phones or other device of choice. How does this impact provider liability in light of the Healthcare Apps Guidance issued by HHS? During this program, Rachel will explain the two new final rules, as well as the potential impact on providers; review the Healthcare Apps Guidance, which relates to HIPAA liability; and provide suggestions for integrating the new rules while continuing to strive towards HIPAA compliance.

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