Our office has seen several patients who tested positive for COVID19. Should gloves, gowns, patient napkins, masks & other waste be discarded differently?
No. Medical and general waste (trash) that come from healthcare facilities treating COVID19 patients is no different than waste coming from facilities without COVID-19 patients. Routine procedures should be performed according to the CDC’s guidance.
Will our office be penalized for using telehealth without a Business Associate Agreement (BAA)?
No. Health & Human Services (HHS) proclaimed covered health care providers would not be penalized during COVID19 for lack of BAAs while utilizing video communication products. It is important to act in good faith and notify patients of the potential risks while using third-party applications. More information can be found at https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/emergency-preparedness/notification-enforcement-discretion-telehealth/index.html.