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Guidelines for use and disclosure of PHI

This 3 minute safety training video covers: HIPAA guidelines for use and disclosure of PHI, situation where "use" or "disclosure" of PHI is required or permitted, HIPAA’s "minimum necessary" standard for use and disclosure of PHI, situations where this minimum PHI maybe used or disclosed without patient authorization. Click here to watch the 21 minute full length version.

The Full-Length Version is Available on DVD!

To get quality healthcare, people should not have to sacrifice the privacy or security of their personal health information. The set of regulations known as "HIPAA" ensures that private patient data remains private, but the laws can seem complex, and the penalties for non-compliance can be costly.

New HIPAA Rules and Compliance training products from ATLANTIC define HIPAA terms, explain the laws and discuss what business entities and employees in healthcare-related fields need to do to comply with them.

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Video Transcript

HIPAA uses the terms "use" and "disclose" to describe the two ways that protected health information can be "handled". The "use" and "disclosure" of PHI is permitted for disclosure to the patient. The "use" or "disclosure" of PHI is required: When it’s requested or authorized by the patient. HIPAA restricts how much patient PHI can be used or disclosed by enforcing the "minimum necessary" standard. There are several situations where this minimum PHI may be used or disclosed without patient authorization. At a minimum, a patient’s signed authorization is not required, but their verbal permission is required, to use or disclose minimum PHI for the purpose of maintaining a covered entity’s patient directory.