[ Thursday, June 16, 2022 ]


HHS Issues Guidance on Audio-Only Telemedicine Services: The guidance is pretty straight-forward and common-sensical: audio-only telehealth is fine from a HIPAA standpoint as long as reasonable steps are taken to protect privacy: no speakerphones except in private spaces, and verify the identity of the patient.  

Of course, doctors have been talking to patients over the phone for some time . . . 

AND, just because it's OK under HIPAA, that doesn't mean it qualifies for payment under Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance; check your provider agreement before billing.

Jeff [11:18 AM]

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