Case Management

Tip: Use professional judgment when disclosing patient information

Case Management Weekly, February 2, 2011

Discharge planners should use professional judgment when deciding whether to share medical or personal health information. Even when individuals represent themselves as the legal or most appropriate agent for a patient, discharge planners may exercise their professional judgment to determine what information, if any, to disclose to them. Even if applicable law allows disclosure of the information, exercise professional judgment with respect to a patient’s circumstances and investigate your concerns or  any reservations before disclosing information.

This week’s tip is adapted from Discharge Planning Guide: Tools for Compliance, Third Edition published by HCPro, Inc. For more information on this newsletter or to order your copy, visit the HCMarketplace.

Do you have a question about a case management topic? Send it to Associate Editor Ben Amirault at An answer to your question might appear in a future issue of Case Management Weekly.

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