Health Information Management

Q&A: Breach notification, summer help, HIPAA compliance

Briefings on HIPAA, August 1, 2009

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Q: A secretary in our pathology department faxed a report to a physician’s office. After dialing, she realized the last two digits of the fax number were incorrect and tried unsuccessfully to stop the fax. An attorney’s office received the fax and called to notify us. Must we contact patients and inform them when something like this occurs?

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