[ Tuesday, October 07, 2008 ]
Is the Privacy Rule suspended during emergencies?
That a frequently asked question that HHS has decided to answer on its website FAQs
. The answer is no, but the Secretary can suspend parts, particularly the paperwork-type rules, special-circumstance rules, and rules related to notifying relatives and friends.
Of course, if you're running a hospital in a natural disaster area, please, don't worry about HIPAA; just do the right thing.
Jeff [4:41 PM]
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