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Legal Issues Surrounding Patient Data While Working With Law Enforcement

Gain an understanding of when medical documents can and cannot be disclosed to law enforcement.

When a nurse at a Utah hospital was arrested for refusing to draw the blood of a traffic accident victim, the resulting video went viral and resulted in widespread praise for the nurse and condemnation (and an eventual firing) of the officer. When a Houston hospital reported a suspected medical identity thief to the local sheriff, the fact that the patient was in the country illegally became the focus of reporting on the matter and eventually resulted in a $2.4 million HIPAA fine for the hospital. Both of these cases point out the difficulty medical record custodians face when the privacy obligations applicable to medical data collide with the needs of law enforcement. This difficulty will likely only increase in a pandemic environment involving vaccine passports and other possible public health enforcement activities. This topic will outline the rules related to medical record privacy, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and its regulations. This topic will discuss which disclosures are required, which are permitted, and which are prohibited. It will also highlight the specific instances when disclosure to law enforcement officials is required or permitted; and the specific steps that medical record custodians should take to ensure that the rules are followed. Specific law enforcement situations will be discussed, and proper responses (and requests for information) will be provided.

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Agenda

Recent Cases in the News

Laws and Regulations Governing Disclosures

  • HIPAA
  • Other Federal Laws
  • State Laws
  • Entity-Specific Rules
    • Criminal vs. Civil Disclosure Rules

Required, Permitted, and Prohibited Releases

Differentiators

  • Types of Data
  • Types of Data Custodians

Specific Issues Involving Law Enforcement Disclosures

  • Disclosures Required by Law General
  • Abuse, Neglect, and Domestic Violence
  • Judicial and Administrative Proceedings
    • Subpoena Specifics
  • General Law Enforcement Releases
    • General Releases
    • Identification and Location Releases
    • Victims of Crime
    • Deceased Individuals
    • Crimes on the Premises
    • Emergency Situations
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Applications have not yet been submitted for Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming CLE for this course. However, if you are interested in obtaining CLE for any of the listed states or have any additional credit questions please email us at [email protected] or call us at 866-352-9540.

This course was last revised on January 6, 2022.

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  • AHIMA 1.0 including Health Law and Compliance 1
     
  • This program has been approved for 1.0 continuing education units for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Granting prior approval from AHIMA does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.
     
  • AK CLE 1.0
     
  • Alaska attorneys may receive 1.0 hours of continuing legal education for completing this program. Please contact the Alaska Bar Association or go to www.alaskabar.org for details regarding reciprocity with other states.
     
  • AL CLE 1.0
     
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.0 hours credit.
     
  • AR CLE 1.0
     
  • This course has been approved for 1.0 hours of CLE by the Arkansas CLE Board.
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.0
     
  • The Arizona State Bar does not pre-approve or pre-certify MCLE programs. However, records of this program and attendance will be maintained by Lorman Education Services for auditing purposes. This activity may qualify for up to 1.0 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.0
     
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.0 CLE hours of participatory credit.
     
  • CT CLE 1.0
     
  • Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. This course has been approved for CLE credit in jurisdictions aside from CT and therefore it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut. Credit is based on a 60 minute credit hour and shall be awarded as follows: 1.0 CLE credit(s).
     
  • HI CLE 1.0
     
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 CLE credit hours.
     
  • IL CLE 1.0
     
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.0 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board.
     
  • ND CLE 1.0
     
  • North Dakota CLE policy does not allow for pre-approval of any self-study courses. This course may qualify for up to 1.0 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • NH MCLE 1.0
     
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this Ondemand course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for CLE credit(s). Program Length: 61 Minutes.
     
  • NJ CLE 1.2
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.2 hours of total CLE credit.
     
  • PA CLE 1.0
     
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.
     
  • RI CLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.0 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • VT CLE 1.0
     
  • This self-study program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.0 hour(s) of CLE credit. Please note: Attorneys may only claim 12 credits per compliance period in this format. This course is considered "Non-Moderated Programming without Interactivity".
     
  • WA CLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 hours of A/V credit under the Law & Legal Procedure category.
     
  • WI CLE 1.0
     
  • This program qualifies for 1.0 hour(s) of ondemand CLE through the WI Board of Bar Examiners.
     
  • WV MCLE 1.2
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.2 MCLE hours.
     

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This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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  • Arizona CLE 1.0
     
  • CA MCLE 1.0
     
  • CT CLE 1.0
     
  • HI CLE 1.0
     
  • NJ CLE 1.2
     
  • VT CLE 1.0
     
  • WA CLE 1.0
     
  • WV MCLE 1.2
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Faculty

Jeffery P. Drummond

Jeffery P. Drummond

Jackson Walker L.L.P.

  • Partner in the health care section of Jackson Walker L.L.P. (Dallas, Texas office)
  • Represents hospitals, physicians and physician groups, other health care providers, and health care technology companies
  • Regularly advises clients regarding compliance with health care, pharmaceutical, and tax exemption laws and regulations, including the federal Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute
  • Frequent speaker on medical record privacy and security issues, HIPAA, and cybersecurity
  • Has maintained a blog, since 2002, on HIPAA and other medical records matters at www.hipaablog.blogspot.com
  • Adjunct professor of health law, Naveen Jindal School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas
  • J.D. degree, The University of Texas; B.A. degree, University of Dallas
  • Can be contacted at 214-953-6000 or [email protected]
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Product ID: 409393
Published 2022
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