Handling requests for information from law enforcement can throw staff for a loop. Most staff are aware of their organization’s policies and the basic HIPAA requirements for disclosing patient information to family members, friends, and other individuals such as legal guardians. But handling requests from law enforcement officials can be a different matter.
The general rules for security, risk analysis, and risk management implementation specifications, and evaluation standards are key directives for ongoing compliance assurance. Although risk analysis concepts guidance appears in the Security Rule, many organizations use it for auditing Privacy Rule processes as well.