Emergency preparedness for provider offices

In light of recent natural disasters, now is a good time to review your HIPAA processes and procedures should an emergency arise. The  Department of Health and Human Services has excellent information here: Dept of HHS Emergency Preparedness. The November 2014 Bulletin HIPAA Privacy in Emergency Situations is an older publication but remains a very good resource for understanding HIPAA requirements during an emergency situation (it was written in light of the 2014 Ebola outbreaks). HHS also has excellent Frequently Asked Questions at Dept of HHS Emergency Preparedness FAQ.