RELEASING PROTECTED HEALTH
Releasing Protected health Information
An obligation for medical professional is patient confidentiality.
A patient’s medical
information can not be released to anyone without the patients consent.
Regulations and laws
protect patient’s medical information, at the state level and the federal level.
“A breach of
confidentiality is a disclosure to a third party, without patient consent or court order, of private
information that the physician has learned within the patient-physician relationship” (AMA, n.d.,
Patient Confidentiality, para4).
In society, health care is one of the most personal and
confidential services provided.
Covered entities can only release patient information under
Covered entities are health care providers, health plans, or a health care
Patients may request their medical records at any time with a written request.
Patient consent is not needed for treatment, collecting for services, or operations.
include training programs, reviews of medical services, and fundraising, to name a few.
According to HHS.gov (n.d.), there are 12 national purposes for disclosing priority patient
medical information without consent (p.6, para.12).
The 12 purposes are as follows: (1) as
required by law, (2) public health activities, (3) a victim of some sort of abuse, (4) health
oversight activities, (5) proceedings, administrative or judicial, (6) law enforcement purposes, (7)