HHS Gives Guidance on Disclosures
Health Data Management (July 28, 2004)

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights has released detailed guidance on when the HIPAA privacy rule permits covered entities to disclose protected health information to law enforcement officials.

Permitted disclosures include such well-known instances of complying with a court order or court-ordered warrant, and responding to an administrative subpoena from a law enforcement organization. However, the guidance spells out a number of situations--and the types of information that can be disclosed in these situations--under which disclosure is allowed. These include investigation of several types of crimes, and identifying or locating persons who are fugitives or simply missing.

The guidance from the HHS Office of Civil Rights, which has jurisdiction over the privacy rule, is available under the “What’s New” icon at www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa.

Posted to HIPAAcomply 7/29/04