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HIPAA and the modern blended, extended family

Health Information Compliance Insider, July 1, 2008

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How to deal with seemingly limitless variables that can perplex your staff

Protecting patient information has always been challenging. But these days, it’s downright maddening.

The major obstacles remain the same. But now, healthcare facilities must also address the challenge of responding to requests for information from patients’ blended families—a club that seems to add new members daily.

Because more than half of marriages in the United States end in divorce, the lines that separate authorized and unauthorized disclosures are increasingly blurred.

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