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OCR releases privacy rule disclosure guides for providers and patients

March 9th, 2009

HHS' Office for Civil Rights has published two guides (one for healthcare providers, "Communicating with a Patient's Family, Friends, or Others Involved in the Patient's Care," and one for patients, "When Health Care Providers May Communicate About You with Your Family, Friends, or Others Involved in Your Care") that discuss when it is appropriate for providers to disclose PHI under HIPAA. The guides, address common questions about HIPAA privacy rule disclosures in a Q&A format. To access the guides, please visit