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Deceased patients' PHI, secure text messaging, and more

Briefings on HIPAA, February 1, 2009

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Q. Funeral homes sometimes call requesting a deceased patient’s Social Security number (SSN), stating the family does not have the SSN. Is it legal for hospital staff members to give this information to a funeral home?

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