Corporate Compliance

Q&A: Releasing a former inmate's medical record

Compliance Monitor, January 21, 2009

Q: We treat many patients who come from a state prison. When these patients come to our facility, the officer signs the patient in, and we follow HIPAA privacy requirements. After this person is released from prison, is it a HIPAA violation to release the patient’s medical record as long as there is a signed authorization?

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