OCR: CEs May Offer COVID-19 Patient ‘List’ to First Responders | Report on Patient Privacy

April 9, 2020 | Mentions



Dallas partner¬†Jeff Drummond¬†was quoted in the Health Care Compliance Association’s¬†Report on Patient Privacy¬†about concerns related to providing lists of COVID-19-positive patients to first responders.

‚ÄúPersonally, I have a lot of grave reservations about the ‚Äėproviding a list‚Äô concept to first responders,” Jeff noted. ‚ÄúI would be much more comfortable with the CE making the list, and even sharing with all other CEs in the geographic area‚ÄĒor better yet the county health department or other public health agency‚ÄĒand responding with a yes/no when EMS is called out for a patient, or when police have a person in custody.‚ÄĚ

To read more, view the Report on Patient Privacy Volume 20, Number 4.

Jeff DrummondMeet Jeff

Jeffery P. Drummond represents hospitals, physicians, laboratories, surgery centers, and other healthcare providers in transactional and regulatory matters. He is best known for his experience in HIPAA and medical record privacy, as well as other data privacy and security issues. Since 2002, Jeff has written a weblog on HIPAA matters at HIPAABlog.blogspot.com, and he regularly tweets about HIPAA @JeffDrummond. In recognition of his practice, Jeff has been recognized among The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Healthcare Law since 2018 and has been ranked in Texas for Healthcare by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

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