Governor Kemp Issues Statewide Shelter-In-Place Directive

On April 2, 2020, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued a shelter-in-place executive order, under which residents and visitors in Georgia must remain in their residences and take every precaution to limit social interaction starting at 6 PM on Friday, April 3, 2020, and...

HHS Secretary Issues Privacy Rule Waiver For Hospitals

Although the HIPAA Privacy Rule, which restricts the use and disclosure of individuals’ protected health information, applies even during public health emergencies, federal law permits the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to waive...

HHS-OCR Warns of Cyber Scams

On March 18, OCR shared guidance released by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, warning individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to COVID-19. According to CISA, “[c]yber actors may...

DOJ Cracks Down on COVID-19 Related Fraud

According to a press release by the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), numerous fraud schemes have developed related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a March 16 memo to U.S. attorneys, Attorney General William Barr directed the DOJ to “remain vigilant in detecting,...