COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact worldwide. As a result, nationally, the government has come out with several policy changes in response to the coronavirus pandemic. I wanted to review these healthcare policy changes and discuss their impacts to healthcare organizations.
Telehealth Services During Certain Emergency Periods Act of 2020: Medicare’s geographical restrictions on telehealth are waived while the country is in a public health emergency. This enables providers to use telehealth in urban and rural areas. Medicare beneficiaries can now consult their physician from home.
- The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) stated it will not impose penalties for noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under the HIPAA Rules against covered health care providers in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth during the pandemic.