Sunday, January 15, 2012

HIPAA Accounting of Disclosure - A Legal Perspective


The accounting of disclosures requirement proposed under the HIPAA gives patients the right to request an access report documenting the names of every persons who accessed or viewed the patients electronic personal health information (ePHI).

"I would remind staff that they could be held directly liable for snooping in records they shouldn't have looked at. It puts them at very, very real risk of being dragged into a lawsuit." - Nathan A. Kottkamp, partner at McGuireWoods.
"It makes it that much easier to find a smoking gun demonstrating that your staff is not in compliance with HIPAA," Kottkamp says.
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Sources:
(a) Disclosure Report Could Reveal HIPAA Breaches - HealthLeaders magazine January 2012

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