What are the rights of a patient to request a restriction on disclosures under HIPAA?

Expert centerCategory: HIPAAWhat are the rights of a patient to request a restriction on disclosures under HIPAA?
Pittosh Poulose Staff asked 8 months ago
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Benson Staff answered 8 months ago

Individuals have the right to request that your practice restrict certain:

  • Uses and disclosures of PHI for treatment, payment, and health care operations
  • Disclosures to persons involved in the individual’s health care or payment for health care
  • Disclosures to notify family members or others about the individual’s general condition, location, or death

If your patient (or another person on behalf of the individual) has fully paid out-of-pocket for a service or item and also requests that the PHI not be disclosed to his/her health plan, your practice cannot disclose the PHI to a health plan for payment or health care operations. You should implement policies and procedures that ensure this directive can be carried out.

Source: https://www.healthit.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/privacy/privacy-and-security-guide.pdf