The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights recently issued helpful guidance for health care providers relative to communicating with a patient’s family, friends or others involved in the patient’s care. The guidance contains a number of commonly asked HIPAA questions as well as a helpful chart relative to disclosures. This guidance, along with a well drafted HIPAA Compliance Plan, can assist health care providers in complying with the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Rule. 

Paul Welk