Policy Manual


Verification of Identity and Authority When Disclosing Protected Health Information      

Type: Policy                 Category: General                 Level: Community Care 

Parties: Community Care employees and contractees

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Supporting References: HIPAA Privacy Rule Standard 164:514h

Parent Effective Date Approval Level Revision Dates Last Reviewed
N/A  4-13-2003  Board    4-13-2003
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Policy:  Community Care will verify the identity and authority of a person who is requesting protected health information if the identity and authority is unknown to them. If the unknown person is a public official, Community Care may rely on the following to verify identity: if in person, an agency identification badge, other official credentials, or other proof of government status; if the request is in writing, it must be on appropriate government letterhead, or a document indicating that a person is acting on behalf of a public official. To verify authority of the person, Community Care may rely on a written statement of the legal authority under which the information is requested or, if that is impracticable, an oral statement of the legal authority or if the request is made pursuant to legal process, warrant, subpoena, order, or other legal process issued by a grand jury or a judicial or administrative tribunal.