Lately there have been disclosure announcements as to the results of celebrity autopsy reports. At what point does this become a HIPAA violation if it is not a criminal investigation?
For example, the Billy Mays press release. The family indicated that they were not in agreement with the release of information. What is the medical examiner’s liability in the disclosure of a patient’s autopsy records?
Deborah DeLeo, CHC, CPC
Executive Director of Operations
TreeFrog Data Solutions