Accounting of Disclosures

Posted by Thomas Davon on

Sometimes a health care provider known as a Covered Entity (CE) by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) may need to share certain information with persons other than the patient or with another Covered Entity for certain reasons that is conformed to be for the best interest of the patient. In such cases certain procedures must be observed before making any of such disclosures. Sometimes there may be needed to make an accounting of disclosure to persons or firms outside the CE’s organization.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provide patients with the right to receive an accounting of disclosures of their Protected Health Information (PHI) that was made by a Covered Entity (CE) to any person or organization outside of the CE’s practice.

 

A typical accounting of disclosures will include the following information:

  • The names of the person or entity to whom the Protected Health Information (PHI) was disclosed
  • The date on which the Protected Health Information (PHI) was disclosed
  • A detailed description of the Protected Health Information (PHI) that was disclosed
  • The exact purpose of the disclosure

 

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) under its security rule set a limit on the information that will be disclosed in the accounting. A Covered Entity (CE) is not required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to include in the accounting any disclosures that was made for treatment, payment of bills, heath care operations, as well as some other purposes and situations.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) mandate a Covered Entity (CE) to provide an accounting of disclosures for the six years before the date on which the accounting was requested. A CE is not expected by the HIPAA to prepare the accounting of disclosure lesser than the 6 years period and not more.


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