Ten Times HIPAA May Not Apply

From MedPage Today / Emergency Physicians Monthly:

When providers don’t understand how HIPAA applies to a particular situation, the knee-jerk response is often to err on the side of caution. Certainly you’ve heard a colleague say, “That’s a HIPAA violation!” but have not been so sure yourself. Yet for providers, there is a real reason to be careful: HIPAA violations can carry significant penalties for individual and institutional providers (referred to under HIPAA as “covered entities”) and their “business associates” (individuals and organizations doing work on their behalf, e.g., claims processor or business manager).

When it comes to gray-area situations, it is important to recognize that HIPAA is not intended to interfere with a patient’s medical care. In many cases, HIPAA permits disclosure of PHI without patient authorization.

The Demand for Emergency Care

From Physicians Weekly:

EDs are proving to be increasingly valuable to the country’s healthcare system, with data showing that more patients are visiting them each year. With the demand for ED resources expected to increase, policymakers and healthcare planners must prepare to meet the needs of these patients in the future. – See more at: http://www.physiciansweekly.com/the-demand-for-emergency-care/#sthash.2rncIjLF.dpuf