Health Information Management

HIPAA Q&A: Names and pics of residents

HIM-HIPAA Insider, February 6, 2012

Q. Can a skilled nursing facility (SNF) display residents’ names and pictures on a plaque outside their doors?

A. Residents’ names and pictures can be displayed outside their doors only if the SNF obtains authorization from residents. If a resident is not capable of authorizing the display of his or her name and picture, the SNF would need to seek authorization from a personal representative of the resident.

Editor’s note: Chris Apgar, CISSP, president of Apgar & Associates, LLC, in Portland, OR, answered these questions.

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