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Reader Question:

HIPAA Protections Last Beyond Resident Death

Question: What are our responsibilities for protecting or distributing private health information, in regard to the Health Information Accountability and Portability Act (HIPAA), to a resident’s family when a resident dies? What if family members that our facility doesn’t know request a resident’s information, especially if they claim it’s for their own personal healthcare knowledge? New Hampshire Subscriber Answer: The [...]

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