Health Information Management

Q&A: Notification requirements when a privacy breach occurs involving a minor

HIM-HIPAA Insider, March 16, 2010

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Q. Whom should we notify if a minor’s record is breached? For example, a grandparent who works in our healthcare organization reviews the record of a newborn grandchild without authorization.
 
A. When breaches occur, you are required to notify the affected patients or their legal representatives. A minor child’s legal representative is a parent or legal guardian.  
 
Editor’s note: Mary D. Brandt, MBA, RHIA, CHE, CHPS, associate executive director of Health Information Management (HIM) at Scott & White Healthcare in Temple, TX, answered this question in the March 2010 issue of Briefings on HIPAA.



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