The new guidance allows providers to use their own judgment when it comes to sharing information about a patient’s mental health status with friends and family if the intention is to prevent further harm.
The Journal of AHIMA recently spoke with presenter Robert Brzezinski, MBA, CHPS, CISA, CISM, principal of Bizwit LLC in Columbus, OH, for a preview of his session.
Outrage has followed the release of a video that appears to show a Utah nurse being arrested and roughly removed from her hospital’s burn unit for refusing—legally—to allow blood to be drawn from an unconscious patient.
Under normal, non-disaster circumstances, photos of residents under duress—or unauthorized photos of residents, period—in a covered entity would constitute a HIPAA violation. But a “Limited Waiver of HIPAA Sanctions and Penalties During a Declared Emergency” issued by HHS changed circumstances.
Even HIPAA experts—from attorneys who helped draft the law to former government officials who enforced it—have trouble getting their records.