Category: Coronavirus

Topics: Data


3028 - If my employer requires proof of my COVID-19 vaccination status, does that violate my rights under HIPAA?

In general, the HIPAA Rules do not apply to employers or employment records. HIPAA only applies to HIPAA covered entities – health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses – and, to some extent, to their business associates. If an employer asks an employee to provide proof that they have been vaccinated, that is not a HIPAA violation, and employees may decide whether to provide that information to their employer.

3027 - I am a medical provider and received a call from the US Department of Health and Human Service’s Data Outreach Team . How can I verify that this is a legitimate call?

In order to provide accurate information for the national COVID-19 response, you may receive a call from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Data Outreach Team’s Call Center. If you are unsure about the identity of the caller, or would like to validate the accuracy of the call, you are free to hang up and call us back at 833-908-1527You may also send an email to [email protected] to receive a confirmation email.

3026 - Is additional information for Laboratory Data Reporting Guidance for COVID-19 Testing, including technical specifications, available to support laboratories with implementation?

Yes, in addition to the new Laboratory Data Reporting Guidance for COVID-19 Testing, there are more detailed, technical specifications, examples, and links to underlying coding elements have been provided to support the clinical and laboratory stakeholder communities in adopting and implementing consistent and harmonized data capture, coding, and reporting. Please see the following resources for further details: