HIPAA

home health

  • 1.  home health

    Posted 06-18-2020 04:27 PM
    Hello, can we release PHI to law enforcement in this situation.  I'm a little confused in my interpretation of the regulation.  If you find a patient deceased in the home. unexpected death with evidence that cause of death could have been from outside intruder.  Police were called and investigator asking for PHI.
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  • 2.  RE: home health

    Posted 06-18-2020 04:46 PM
    Cindy,

    Without knowing the specifics of how and why the request is being made I can not give you a definitive answer on this. I can however refer you to the HHS guidance on disclosures to law enforcement without the patient's consent.  That information can be found at:


    I hope this helps. 
    -Alex- 
    Alexander I Slosman, MHA, CHC, CHPC



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  • 3.  RE: home health

    Posted 07-05-2020 06:33 PM
    Cindy,
    My apologies for being a late comer on this.  If your Notice of Privacy Practices is signed and it accounts for this situation, then it is ok to release the information.

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    Barbara Naimark
    Compliance Manager
    Hospice of the Chesapeake
    Severna Park,MD
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