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

HIM-HIPAA Insider, June 15, 2015

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Submit your HIPAA questions to Editor John Castelluccio at jcastelluccio@hcpro.com and we will work with our experts to provide you with the information you need.
 
Q. Is it permissible to update a Notice of Privacy Practices to ensure patients are aware that their ePHI may be gathered from appropriate sources (e.g., electronic prescription services) to provide care and treatment to the individual without the their written permission under the treatment, payment, and healthcare operations section?
 
A. Yes. It is appropriate to inform the patient that information from other sources (e.g., electronic prescription services) may be used in their treatment without obtaining written permission to do so.
 
Editor’s note: Mary D. Brandt, MBA, RHIA, CHE, CHPS, vice president of health information at the Central Texas Division of Baylor Scott & White Health in Temple, Texas, answered this question for HCPro’s Briefings on HIPAA newsletter. This information does not constitute legal advice. Consult legal counsel for answers to specific privacy and security questions.



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