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April 2, 2020, 5:03 PM

HHS Allows Business Partners to Share HIPAA Related Patient Data

Ayanna Alexander
Ayanna Alexander

HHS won’t penalize business associates of the health-care industry for sharing patient information intended to help the government combat the new coronavirus pandemic, the agency said Thursday.

The Department of Health and Human Services loosened regulations under health privacy laws for business partners of hospitals and doctors as long as those entities are acting in good faith, such as helping the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and other state health authorities prevent or control the spread of Covid-19 and oversee or assist health-care systems with the virus.

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