Clarifies Emergency Disclosures
Health Data Management (September 12, 2005)
Providers may receive information necessary to treat persons affected by
Hurricane Katrina and worry about certain privacy rule provisions later,
according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
In a bulletin, available at hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa, the department’s Office for Civil Rights advises providers, health plans and others to share data they need to treat patients now and execute required business associate contracts when practical.
“Health plans and health care providers are working together with other
industry segments to gather and provide information to the appropriate
points of care for the evacuees,” the office acknowledges.
Posted to HIPAAcomply 9/13/05