Requests for PHI for Public Health Purposes

With the Coronavirus issues being faced by providers all over the country it is important to remember the privacy and security protections under HIPAA still apply. Below is specific guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services of how providers should handle requests for information for public health purposes. A Health Insurance Portability and…

Breach Notification – Timing is Important!

One of the most common HIPAA violations by health care providers is the failure to follow the requirements of the Breach Notification Rule in terms of when proper notification must be made. While it may seem simple, each year providers are penalized for making breach notification outside of the specified time frames for notification to…

Who Really Pays the Freight?

For years hospitals and physicians have utilized third parties to manage their medical records and respond to requests for copies from patients, attorneys, insurance companies, etc. I will admit, at times it seemed like the charge imposed for obtaining copies of medical records hedged on outrageous. These companies made a great deal of money managing…