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HHS Sends Reminder that HIPAA Allows Healthcare Providers To Disclose Necessary Patient Info in the Presence of Serious Danger

Jan 25, 2013 | gabylinares | Corporate Governance, Law, Legislation | No Comments

 

By Stacey L. Worthy, Esq.

In light of recent tragic and horrific events in the U.S., including the mass shootings in

Newtown, CT, and Aurora, CO, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (“HHS”) released a letter to healthcare providers on January 15, 2013. The letter intended to bring awareness that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) Privacy Rule does not prevent healthcare providers from disclosing necessary information about a patient to law enforcement, family members of the patient, or other persons, when they believe the patient presents a serious danger to himself or other people.

To view the letter, in its entirety, see below:

 

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