Health care providers are encountering several problems stemming from the increase in telehealth usage, many of which are directly tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many physicians are now working remotely as clinics have been partially or fully closed during the pandemic. These clinics need to do what they can to maintain profitability during this time.
The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has relaxed some requirements and waived penalties for HIPAA violations against health care providers. Relaxing HIPAA requirements allows for the use of “in good faith” technologies such as FaceTime or Skype during COVID-19. Currently there is no expiration date to these new guidelines.
With OCR’s new waiver, it is easier to get the face-to-face technology set up the “new” telehealth way. What is not so easy, is making sure that services rendered translate to income for providers.Read More