The National Association of Healthcare Revenue Integrity’s (NAHRI) third annual Revenue Integrity Week (June 1–5) kicked off yesterday with the release of the State of the Revenue Integrity Industry Report and daily deals and drawings.
Q: Like other hospitals, we have had many patients transported via ambulance with COVID-19 symptoms. Once these patients are tested for the virus, are we permitted under HIPAA to disclose their test results to the first responders who treated them and brought them to the hospital? Should the first responders be made aware when they have interacted with a patient who has tested positive?
With the current COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare facilities are either working at a frenetic pace to treat an increasing number of sick patients or frantically preparing themselves for what’s yet to come.