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Ask the expert: Does HIPAA require us to send a disclaimer with all faxes?

HIM-HIPAA Insider, August 21, 2007

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A: HIPAA does not specifically require you to print a privacy disclaimer on the cover sheet of all faxes. However, it does require you to take appropriate steps to protect the privacy of all PHI. So although it may not be a HIPAA requirement, it is sound privacy practice to include such a disclaimer on all confidential fax sheets that you send with documents including patient PHI.

Editor's note: This question and answer appeared in the June 2007 issue of Briefings on HIPAA. For more information, click here.



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