PHI Can be Disclosed for Treatment
PHI can be disclosed for treatment. A covered entity may use and disclose PHI for a number of different purposes and stay in compliance with HIPAA permitted uses and disclosures. For instance, covered entities are permitted to use and disclose PHI for treatment, payment and health care operations.
Sharing PHI for Treatment
Keep in mind that the purpose of HIPAA is to protect PHI. In addition, it assists treatment providers in caring for the patient without requiring patient authorization to share their PHI. For example, it is permissible to share PHI with health care providers who will treat the patient in their office or after hospital discharge. As a result, PHI can be shared for treatment electronically and must be in a manner that is compliant with the Security Rule. The disclosure of PHI may be made also for payment purposes as with a billing company. Finally the PHI may be shared for healthcare operation activities.
New Disclosures of PHI
We now see the need to share data with health care providers for purposes of care coordination. When HIPAA was first written this activity didn’t exist. On the other hand, today CMS requires this disclosure and is part of a treatment plan. As a result, a health care provider may disclose PHI to another for this treatment purposes without patient authorization.
HIPAA has been around for some time but continues to change. It is important for providers to continuously monitor the HIPAA rule and offer HIPAA training to your organization
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