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HHS Eases Regulations On Some Privacy Violations At Coronavirus Testing Sites

  • April 10, 2020

Bloomberg Law (4/9, Alexander, Subscription Publication) reports, “Health-care providers and business associates operating coronavirus testing sites in communities won’t be penalized for some privacy rule violations, HHS said Thursday.” The department eased “regulations under health privacy laws in order to expand the number of local testing sites available. These sites include mobile, drive-through, or walk-up sites that collect Covid-19 specimens or provide testing services to the public, according to the guidance.” Roger Severino, director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights, stated, “We are taking extraordinary action to help the growth of mobile testing sites so more people can get tested quickly and safely.”