HIPAA and Protected Health Information Allen is a licensed professional counselor at a Community…

HIPAA and Protected Health Information

Allen is a licensed professional counselor at a Community
Mental Health Center (CMHC). A physician at a local hospital requested a
substance abuse evaluation on a current patient. No cooperative agreement
exists between the hospital and the CMHC. When Allen arrives at the hospital,
the charge nurse gives him the patient’s chart and invites him to sit in the
records area to review the patient information prior to seeing the patient.
Allen sees the patient, performs the evaluation, obtains all the necessary
releases, and leaves documentation with the
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HIPAA and Protected Health Information

Allen is a licensed professional counselor at a Community
Mental Health Center (CMHC). A physician at a local hospital requested a
substance abuse evaluation on a current patient. No cooperative agreement
exists between the hospital and the CMHC. When Allen arrives at the hospital,
the charge nurse gives him the patient’s chart and invites him to sit in the
records area to review the patient information prior to seeing the patient.
Allen sees the patient, performs the evaluation, obtains all the necessary
releases, and leaves documentation with the physician. While he is there, the
physician asks Allen to see another client, and the charge nurse provides him
with the client’s chart.

Discussion Questions

1. What, if any, violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule have
occurred here?

2. If violations were committed, who is liable?

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