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Risk Management Guide: Medical Record Release of Protected Health Information

Healthcare professionals have a legal and ethical duty to protect the privacy and security of their patients' protected health information (PHI). The release of patient information requires that everyone in the medical office know and understand that the confidentiality of PHI is protected by law. That each patient has certain rights regarding how their PHI is handled, and that circumstances may exist under which state and federal law regulates the release of patient information; some of which require patient authorization. This guidance covers the most common issues related to the release of PHI and provide general information. Curi recommends healthcare professionals review organizational policies or contact legal counsel for specific…

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