Important COVID-19 Information for Providers from Salish BH-ASO

Please also reference "Covid-19 Provider Resources", a list of public health organization websites. (PDF)

Waivers:

Crisis/DCR:

Tele-health/Telemedicine:

    • Document outlines the relaxation around the means by which healthcare providers can render telehealth services:  Apple FaceTime, Facebook Messenger video chat, Google Hangouts video, or Skype.  Platforms not acceptable to be utilized:  Facebook Live, Twitch, TikTok, and similar video communication applications are public facing, and should not be used in the provision of telehealth by covered health care providers.
    • It also outlines other more compliant means to render telehealth treatment (where BAAs can be put into place).


Privacy:

    • The requirements to obtain a patient's agreement to speak with family members or friends involved in the patient's care – 45 CFR 164.510(b)
    • The requirement to honor a request to opt out of the facility directory – 45 CFR 164.510(a)
    • The requirement to distribute a notice of privacy practices – 45 CFR 164.520
    • The patient's right to request privacy restrictions – 45 CFR 164.522(a)
    • The patient's right to request confidential communications – 45 CFR 164.522(b)
  • HHS HIPAA for Telehealth – “Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency”