New Legal Guidance and Resources to Expand Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for Elderly & Disabled

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the Administration for Community Living (ACL), and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have published several new resources to help states, vaccination providers, and others leading COVID-19 response activities improve access to vaccines for…

Cyber Alert: Mitigating Microsoft Exchange Server Vulnerabilities

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is sharing the following Updated Alert on Mitigating Microsoft Exchange Vulnerabilities to assist HIPAA-covered entities and their business associates in addressing serious threats to Microsoft Exchange servers.  Organizations are encouraged to review the information below and take appropriate action. The…

Surveyors to Enforce CDC Guidance for the 2019 Coronavirus

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a letter to surveyors that addresses infection control adherence for health care facilities related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), and reminds surveyors that providers must consider emerging infectious diseases in their emergency preparedness plans. The letter includes interim guidance issued by the Centers for…

New HHS Fact Sheet on Direct Liability of Business Associates under HIPAA

The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a new fact sheet that provides a clear compilation of all provisions through which a business associate can be held directly liable for compliance with certain requirements of the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification, and Enforcement Rules (“HIPAA Rules”), in accordance with…