HHS has released guidance to address how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule applies to various entities’ requests for information related to an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status. This week’s Friday Five highlights five FAQ’s regarding HIPAA, the COVID-19 vaccination and the workplace.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights issued guidance to help the public understand when the HIPAA Privacy Rule applies to disclosures and requests for information about whether a person has received a COVID-19 vaccine.
The Biden-Harris Administration will require COVID-19 vaccination of staff within all Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities to protect both them and patients from the virus and its more contagious Delta variant. Facilities across the country should make efforts now to get health care staff vaccinated to make sure they are in compliance when the rule takes effect.
By Members of AHRQ’s National Advisory Council – As vaccines for COVID-19 are being deployed across the country, there is much hope that, Delta variant notwithstanding, we will eventually overcome a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic.
To increase vaccination coverage and protect more people from COVID-19, including the more transmissible Delta variant, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will require more than 25,000 members of its health care workforce to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has awarded 100 grants to increase access to facilities throughout the nation that provide community-based support for Americans in need of substance use disorder and mental health treatment services.
Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Health Resources and Services Administration provided $398 million in funding through the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) to 1,540 small rural hospitals for COVID-19 testing and mitigation.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health announced $250 million in grant awards to 73 local governments as part of a new, two-year initiative to identify and implement best practices for improving health literacy to enhance COVID-19 vaccination and other mitigation practices among underserved populations.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, awarded over $79 million in construction and other capital support for 165 HRSA-funded health centers impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Mangkut, and Super Typhoon Yutu, and wildfires and earthquakes…