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  • Thursday, March 19, 2020 5:50 PM | Delia Janice LaTorre


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    March 17, 2020
    Contact: HHS Press Office

    OCR Announces Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency

    Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced, effective immediately, that it will exercise its enforcement discretion and will waive potential penalties for HIPAA violations against health care providers that serve patients through everyday communications technologies during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.
    This exercise of discretion applies to widely available communications apps, such as FaceTime or Skype, when used in good faith for any telehealth treatment or diagnostic purpose, regardless of whether the telehealth service is directly related to COVID-19.

    In support of this action, OCR will be providing further guidance explaining how covered health care providers can use remote video communication products and offer telehealth to patients responsibly.

    "We are empowering medical providers to serve patients wherever they are during this national public health emergency," said Roger Severino, OCR Director. "We are especially concerned about reaching those most at risk, including older persons and persons with disabilities," Severino added.

    The Notification of Enforcement Discretion on telehealth remote communications may be found at:…/notification-enforcement-d…/index.html.

    For more information on HIPAA and COVID-19, see OCR's February 2020 Bulletin:…/february-2020-hipaa-and-novel-coronav…

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    Last revised: March 17, 2020

  • Thursday, March 19, 2020 3:29 PM | Delia Janice LaTorre

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  • Thursday, November 03, 2016 4:10 AM | Deleted user
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016 4:36 AM | Deleted user

    Resting Heart Rate May Predict Future Mental Ills

    By NICHOLAS BAKALAR    OCT. 26, 2016

    Extremely high or low resting heart rates in young men may predict psychiatric illness later in life, a large new study has found.

    Researchers used heart rate and blood pressure data gathered at Swedish military inductions from 1969 to 2010, and linked them with information from the country’s detailed health records through the end of 2013. The study, in JAMA Psychiatry, included 1,794,361 men whose average age was 18 at induction.

    The highest heart rates — above 82 beats a minute — were associated with increased risks of obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorder and schizophrenia. The lowest, below 62 beats, were associated with an increased risk of substance abuse and violent criminality. Extremes in blood pressure followed similar patterns, but the associations were not as strong.

    The lead author, Antti Latvala, a researcher at the University of Helsinki, said that the reasons for the association remain unknown. But, he added, “These measures are indicators of slightly different reactivity to stimuli. These people might have elevated heart rates because of an elevated stress level that is then predictive of these disorders.”

    Still, Dr. Latvala said, a high or low heart rate does not mean future psychiatric disease. “These are very complex illnesses,” he said. “People with high or low heart rate have nothing to worry about because of these findings. This is just a tiny piece of the puzzle.”

    A version of this article appears in print on November 1, 2016, on Page D4 of the New York edition with the headline: Mind: Heart Rate and Mental Illness.

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