Quote from MikeyBSN
I was just wondering if you think it's appropriate to call a unit/hospital where you sent a pt from the ED to see how they are doing. Does anyone here do this?
NOT at HIPAA violation.
Reason it's not a HIPAA violation is because you were involved in patient care.
The whole purpose of HIPAA is in fact to streamline the transfer of information between sending and receiving facilities and all involved providers, and HIPAA specifically recognizes the importance of Continuous Quality Improvement.
It's not unreasonable if the receiving facility chooses not to give you an update, but it's fairly irresponsible to refuse simply for fear of violating HIPAA, because patient care is a process, and Quality Improvement should be "Continuous," meaning that the entire process should be reviewed by conscientious providers for purposes of Quality Improvement.
Two of my previous employers had a specific program in place, reviewed and approved by legal, where they provided automatic feedback to all referring hospitals. Automatic, no request for info required, approved and legal by HIPAA.
Of course you are in violation of HIPAA if you share this info improperly with someone who wasn't involved in the care of that patient.