Health Information Management

HIPAA and the modern blended, extended family

Briefings on HIPAA, July 1, 2008

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 respond to the challenge of responding to requests for information from patients' blended families-a club that seems to add new members every day. 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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