HHS letter to providers on disclosures to avert threats to health or safety

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a letter to health care providers to ensure that they are aware of their ability under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to take action, consistent with their ethical standards or other legal obligations, to disclose necessary information about a patient to law enforcement, family members of the patient, or other persons, when they believe the patient presents a serious danger to himself or other people.

Read the letter at: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/office/lettertonationhcp.pdf

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