It’s Your Call April 2022

OSHA: Our healthcare facility checks COVID-19 community levels to monitor transmission rates in our county. Will the Community Levels determine the preventive steps for our office?

No. The CDC states “healthcare settings should continue to use Community Transmission Rates and continue to follow CDC’s infection prevention and control recommendations for healthcare settings.”

When viewing Community Transmission Rates on the county map, the colors will be red, orange, yellow, and blue (See Figure 1).



HIPAA Question: How quickly do you have to reply to a patient’s request for their records?

A:  45 days

B:  30 days

C:  There is no time limit

Answer: B. However, HHS encourages providers to respond as soon as possible.