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Q&A: Children in office, cell phone use, and more

Briefings on HIPAA, January 1, 2009

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Q. One of our employees, on rare occasions, will have one of her children stop by her office at a small private practice. Her children will sometimes wait for her in her office, which often contains patient charts. These charts are generally not displayed or open.

Is this a HIPAA violation?

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