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Running head: RELEASING PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION 1 Releasing Protected Health Information Tabitha Neufind HCR 210 November 7, 2010 Martricia Turner
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RELEASING PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION 2 Releasing Protected Health Information A covered entity is a health insurance company, a health care clearing house, or a health care provider who transmits any health information in an electronic form in connection with a HIPPA transaction. It is the job of these covered entities to protect a patient's PHI (protected health information) so that it is not misused. If a patients information does need to be released then the health care provider is required to obtain the patients permission to release the information. Although, there are certain situations in which a covered entity may release a patients PHI without the patients consent. According to the Health Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) there are certain times when a covered entity is not required to obtain consent from a patient or health care provider for the release of PHI. The first situation in which PHI can be released is for health oversight activities such as audits, civil, administrative or criminal investigations, inspections, licensure or disciplinary actions, for civil, administrative or criminal court proceedings, as well as activities that are necessary for oversight of the health care system such as government benefit programs. Another situation in which PHI can be released without consent of the patient is for public health activities such as the reporting of a birth, death, or reportable disease to public health officials. A health care provider can also release PHI in cases of child abuse and neglect as well as for abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults to public health authorities or government agencies. PHI can also be released to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in cases were
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