Did I manage to dodge a HIPAA violation here?

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As you may see from my profile, I am not a nurse, and for anonymity's sake describe my role as one of the interdisciplinary team. So my family and I were talking about the challenges and rewards of being in the "business" of caring for people, and one of my relatives stated that they know someone whose family member was a patient at our facility, and that the patient's family told my relative that I had been the person (in my department) to offer care to them, and that the family was really appreciative of that care. I tried to stay neutral, and just said something like, "hmmmmm", and thanked them for the kind remark. Did I manage to dodge a HIPAA violation here? I didn't acknowledge that I had indeed met/offered care to this patient or family. 

JKL33

6,760 Posts

HIPAA violations for people in a position such as yours generally involve accessing or divulging PHI (protected health information) inappropriately. Accessing it without a legitimate need, or divulging it to someone who has no patient care-related need or right to know.

Did you do either of those two things?

IreneTouTheou

12 Posts

Specializes in I am not a nurse.
JKL33 said:

HIPAA violations for people in a position such as yours generally involve accessing or divulging PHI (protected health information) inappropriately. Accessing it without a legitimate need, or divulging it to someone who has no patient care-related need or right to know.

Did you do either of those two things?

I didn't say anything other than the "hhhmmm" and the thanks, so I think I did not. Thanks so much. 

RNNPICU, BSN, RN

1,265 Posts

Specializes in PICU.

I think how you responded... Thank you for your comment is a perfect response. You are not comfirming anything, just acknowledging that someone made a nice comment. 

 

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