Why Even Public Info Must Be Kept Private Under HIPAA
By Glory Francke, Adam Greene and Becky Williams (June 2, 2017, 12:04 PM EDT) -- A not-for-profit health care system recently agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights $2.4 million as part of a settlement over potential Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations. The incident at issue involved the system releasing a patient's name to the press, consumer advocacy groups, and politicians following a highly publicized event at a clinic.
The lesson: covered entities and business associates should educate their public relations staff and leadership about what qualifies as "protected health information" (PHI), and that PHI may be disclosed only as permitted by HIPAA, regardless of whether the...
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