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HHS Issues HIPAA Guidance for Audio-Only Telehealth Services

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The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued new guidance on how covered health care providers and health plans can use remote communication technologies for audio-only telehealth in a HIPAA-compliant manner, including following the end of the national COVID-19 public health emergency.  

The guidance includes responses to frequently asked questions about whether, and in what circumstances, audio-only telehealth is permissible under the HIPAA rules. The OCR has used its discretion in enforcing the HIPAA rules during the public health emergency.