Health Information Management

Tip of the week: Know HIPAA limitations, but don't go overboard

HIM-HIPAA Insider, September 25, 2007

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A common problem in hospitals is the tendency for staff members to be overly cautious when patients or their families ask for information, for fear of violating HIPAA. Even when the regulation allows them to communicate information to a patient's family and friends, they may choose not to do so. Spend time training staff members about how and when they can safely give out information under HIPAA. Affirm how important proper disclosures are, so that your staff members don't unnecessarily and unfairly restrict information.

Editor's note: This tip was adapted from the September 2007 issue of Briefings on HIPAA. For more information, click here.

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