HIPAA Leniency in Wake of Hurricane Harvey Disaster Declaration

Under normal, non-disaster circumstances, photos of residents under duress—or unauthorized photos of residents, period—in a covered entity would constitute a HIPAA violation. But a “Limited Waiver of HIPAA Sanctions and Penalties During a Declared Emergency” issued by HHS changed circumstances.

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Planning for the Unthinkable: AHIMA Introduces Disaster Planning and Recovery Toolkit

AHIMA’s new “Disaster Planning and Recovery Toolkit” incorporates key HIM principles such as records management, disclosure of protected health information, retention, and confidentiality for paper and electronic records, both of which are at risk in disaster situations.

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