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HHS: Entities Covered by Civil Rights Authorities Should Use Captions for Accessibility Amid Coronavirus Pandemic – How to Caption Videos

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Mar 30, 2020

HHS Requires Closed Captioning Bulletin

RevBlogClosed CaptionsHHS: Entities Covered by Civil Rights Authorities Should Use Captions for Accessibility Amid Coronavirus Pandemic – How to Caption Videos

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a bulletin on March 28, 2020 stating that

Closed Captions HHS Bulletin

One of the listed requirements in the bulletin is to require captioning, and other accessibility options

“Making emergency messaging available in plain language and in languages prevalent in the affected area(s) and in multiple formats, such as audio, large print, and captioning, and ensuring that websites providing emergency-related information are accessible”

HHS Funded Programs

Below is a list of several programs funded by U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS):

  • Health Insurance
    • Medicare
    • Affordable Care Act
    • Medicaid
    • CHIP – Children’s Health Insurance Program
    • Mental Health and Addiction Insurance (Mentalhealth.gov)
  • Social Services
    • Unaccompanied Alien Children
    • TANF – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
    • SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
    • Head Start
    • Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)
    • Benefits.gov
  • Public Health
    • FoodSafety.gov
    • CDC
    • NHS
    • NIH
  • Education & Training Programs
    • Loans and Scholarships for Health Professionals (HRSA)
    • Health care research training and education opportunities (AHRQ)
    • CDC Learning Connection
    • Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHS)
    • Intramural (Training & Education Opportunities at the NIH)
    • Extramural (Training supported by NIH)
    • IHS Student Opportunities
    • IHS Loan Repayment Program

The OCR Announced Enforcement Discretion and Waived Potential HIPAA Penalties for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency on March 17, 2020

“the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) against health care providers that serve patients through everyday communications technologies during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.”

免费成人在线视频“ covered health care providers may use popular applications that allow for video chats, including Apple FaceTime, Facebook Messenger video chat, Google Hangouts video, Zoom, or Skype, to provide telehealth without risk that OCR might seek to impose a penalty for noncompliance with the HIPAA Rules related to the good faith provision of telehealth during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.”

How to Add Captions to Zoom Recordings

 

How to Add Closed Captions to Your Videos to Comply with HHS and OCR During COVID-19 Pandemic

1. Upload Your Video File to Rev.com or Paste an Online Video URL

Go to the Rev closed captioning page and click “Get Started”免费成人在线视频. Click “Upload Files” and find your video file you want captioned. You can also paste the URL of your video if it’s already online. Click “Upload.” Then click “Checkout.” Your video will be captioned by Rev professionals in about 24 hours.

3. Download Your Closed Caption File and Add It to Your Video

The most common download format is an SRT file, but Rev lets you download several different formats based on your video software and where you want to upload it. Here are “How to” guides for adding captions to videos in popular video editing software:

If you don’t see your preferred software here, check out our full How to Add Captions & Subtitles to Videos Guide免费成人在线视频 to see guides for more video editing tools, social media platforms, and more.

4. You’re done! You have fully accessible, captioned video content

Pro tip: the process for adding foreign language subtitles is almost identical to the captions process. Visit our foreign subtitles page to order subtitles in multiple languages.