FAQs on Telehealth and HIPAA During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency [open pdf - 399KB]
From the Document: "The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) defines telehealth as the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support and promote long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, and public health and health administration. Technologies include videoconferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and landline and wireless communications. Telehealth services may be provided, for example, through audio, text messaging, or video communication technology, including videoconferencing software. For purposes of reimbursement, certain payors, including Medicare and Medicaid, may impose restrictions on the types of technologies that can be used. Those restrictions do not limit the scope of the HIPAA [Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act] Notification of Enforcement Discretion regarding COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] and remote telehealth communications."
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: https://www.hhs.gov/