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HHS guidelines address racial disparities in COVID-19 testing and treatment

Jeremy P. Burnette ( and Sidney S. Welch ( are partners in the healthcare practice group of Akerman LLP and are based in Atlanta, GA.

The year 2020 will certainly be remembered for at least two events: the COVID-19 pandemic and the far-reaching and sustained movement against racial inequality in America. These two events metaphorically intersect in guidance from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) designed to help providers ensure that their COVID-19 testing and treatment services do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin.

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