Health Information Management

HIPAA Q&A: You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers!

HIM-HIPAA Insider, June 2, 2014

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Submit your HIPAA questions to Editor Jaclyn Fitzgerald at jfitzgerald@hcpro.com and we will work with our experts to provide you with the information you need.

 
Q: Does law enforcement have run of the emergency department? Police officers sometimes obtain PHI from healthcare professionals as a result of fear or lack of training regarding law enforcement rights and limitations. I would like to include something in our compliance policy addressing law enforcement rights and limitations. How would I go about doing this? What resources are available?
 
A: Requirements for disclosures to law enforcement officials are outlined in 45 CFR 164.512.
 
The OCR HIPAA website contains other useful information, including frequently asked questions about disclosures to law enforcement. Refer to OCR’s HIPAA FAQ website.
 
Editor’s note: Mary D. Brandt, MBA, RHIA, CHE, CHPS, vice president of health information at Baylor Scott & White Health in Temple, Texas, answered this question for HCPro’sBriefings on HIPAA newsletter.



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