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OCR grants limited HIPAA waiver to hospitals affected by Irma

from Health Data Management

In response to a declared public health emergency, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights has granted a limited waiver of HIPAA sanctions and penalties for hospitals in portions of Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands affected by Hurricane Irma. According to OCR, the HIPAA Privacy Rule allows patient information to be shared to assist in disaster relief efforts to ensure patients receive needed medical care. more

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