Health Information Management

Q&A: Workers' compensation, minors' privacy, and more

Briefings on HIPAA, April 1, 2009

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An employee health nurse for a hospital is authorized to access patient medical records and related protected health information. The employee health nurse is responsible for workers? compensation case management. If the nurse is notified that the hospital?s emergency department has evaluated and treated a hospital employee for a work-related incident, is the nurse allowed to access the employee?s medical records related to the injury?

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