Health Information Management

Q&A: Verifying admissions for internal staff

HIM-HIPAA Insider, October 19, 2010

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Q: If an employee is hospitalized in the facility in which he or she works, does the manager of the HIM department have the right to access the employee’s record for confirmation of admit?

A: No. An employer does not have a right to access a patient’s record without authorization from the patient or his or her legal representative. 
 
Editor’s note: Mary D. Brandt, MBA, RHIA, CHE, CHPS, vice president of health information management at Scott & White Healthcare in Temple, TX, answered this question, which originally appeared in the October issue of Briefings on HIPAA.



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