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Workers Don't Need Permission to Do Certain Activities that Benefit the Public

Workers Don't Need Permission to Do Certain Activities that Benefit the Public - Departments & Programs, UW Hospital and Clinics, Compliance, Privacy, HIPAA, Protected Health Information (PHI)

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In addition to everyday/TPO activities, there are other activities workers can do without getting patients' permission. No patient permission is needed to do certain activities that benefit the public.

HIPAA allows these uses and disclosures of patient information without permission. However, if you perform the publicly-beneficial activities above, please pay close attention to the "accounting of disclosures" requirement (described later in the text). Workers must record a list (i.e., an "account") of all publicly-beneficial disclosures to outside entities that you make. Workers affected by the accounting of disclosures rule will receive additional training.