Q: When our physicians need to talk to a patient’s family about the status of the patient, they usually can do so in a private room near the waiting area. But there have been instances when the private rooms are occupied and the physicians must discuss the status of a patient in the waiting room or in the hallway. Is this permissible under HIPAA?
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The Ohio-based company Management and Services Network (MNS) recently notified 30,132 patients that their protected health information (PHI) was potentially compromised during security incidents that occurred between April and July 2019.
Case managers are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are one of them, you’re likely looking for some guidance to help navigate the challenge, particularly when it comes to patient status decisions.
Q: Is a covered entity permitted to disclose PHI for litigation purposes? For example, if a covered entity is being sued for malpractice, can it present information that would qualify as PHI during the trial? If so, what are the limits on the type of information it can disclose?