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

HIM-HIPAA Insider, May 19, 2014

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Q. My brother claims he read in his dentist’s HIPAA statement that information was disclosed to the CIA and other government agencies. I suspect that his dentist was editorializing, but wanted to check. Could you explain what should be included in a HIPAA statement in physician/dentist offices? Can you direct me to the official statement?
A. Healthcare providers and health plans are required to give their patients/subscribers a Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP) that explains what PHI the organization collects about individuals and how that information is used. An NPP should include language similar to the following:
As required by law, we may disclose health information to the following types of entities, including but not limited to:
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Public health or legal authorities charged with preventing or controlling disease, injury, or disability
  • Correctional institutions (if you are in custody of the correctional institution or a law enforcement officer)
  • Workers’ compensation agents
  • Organ and tissue donation organizations
  • Military command authorities
  • Health oversight agencies
  • Funeral directors, coroners, and medical examiners
  • National security and intelligence agencies
  • Protective services for the president or others
For the actual language, refer to 45 CFR 164.520.
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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