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Is it HIPPA or HIPAA? Your compliance questions answered.

Does HIPAA Apply to Family Members?

In general, HIPAA does not give family members the right to access patient records, even if that family member is paying for healthcare premiums, unless the patient is a minor, a spouse, or has designated them as a personal representative.
However, there are several exceptions and circumstances in which patient data can be shared with family members or other individuals.

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Who is the HIPAA Hippo?

The HIPAA Hippo is the unofficial official mascot of all things HIPAA. He knows that compliance is of the utmost important to protect patients’ privacy and avoid fines by the OCR.

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