Confidentiality, Privacy and Security

Breach Notification for deceased patient

  • 1.  Breach Notification for deceased patient

    Posted 13 days ago
    How do I handle notification of a reportable unauthorized disclosure if the patient died and has no legal healthcare representative?  I know it's reportable to HHS but is there any obligation to notify the family?  I feel that this will cause additional distress to a family that is already going through a difficult time.  I didn't find any reference to this situation in the Breach Notification Rule so appreciate reference to official regulations as well as opinions.

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    Tracey Nolan
    Director, Health Information Management & Privacy Officer
    Gaylord Hospital
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  • 2.  RE: Breach Notification for deceased patient

    Posted 5 days ago
    This article by Bricker may help.

    https://www.bricker.com/industries-practices/hipaa-health-information-technology/insights-resources/resource/hipaa-regulations-notification-in-the-case-of-breach-methods-of-individual-notification-%C2%A7-164404d-309

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    DeAnn Tucker
    HIM Director & Privacy Officer
    Houston Physicians' Hospital
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