Health Information Management

Q&A: HIPAA violation hot line

HIM-HIPAA Insider, January 19, 2009

Q. Regarding the phone number available to patients who want to report potential HIPAA violations, can this be a cell phone?

A. Yes. You may use a cell phone number for patients to report potential privacy violations, as long as the cell phone has a voice mailbox for messages if no one can answer it.

Editor's note: Mary Brandt, president of Bellaire, TX-based Brandt & Associates, LLC, answered this question. This is not legal advice. Consult your attorney regarding legal matters.

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