Health Information Management

Confront release of information challenges

Briefings on HIPAA, November 1, 2008

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Occasionally, special situations arise in which a patient may be unable to execute an authorization to release information. One example of this is when information requested pertains to a deceased patient.

When a patient is unable to sign a release of information (ROI) authorization form, ROI staff members must apply certain rules in the process of obtaining a valid signed authorization.

Consider the following situations and how to handle them:

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