Effective March 15, 2020, certain hospitals that fail to comply with specific HIPAA Privacy Rule requirements will not be subject to HIPAA sanctions and penalties, according to a “COVID-19 & HIPAA Bulletin” issued by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar. The waiver was implemented as a response to President Trump’s

Harris County Hospital District, a Houston area health system, has fired 16 employees for HIPAA violations, according to the Houston Chronicle. The employees reportedly accessed the records of a first-year resident being trained at one of the District’s hospitals, following the resident’s admission for treatment of injuries she suffered in a shooting incdent in a supermarket parking lot.