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HIPAA and Obituaries

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I am extremely new to caregiving. I took my classes for my Washington State HCA-C in January and received my certification in April. I've been employed in a caregiving position for 2 months, but worked as an Activities Intern for the 3 months before that.

Since February, 7 people have passed away at my workplace. I never want to forget them. I never want to forget those lives I was involved in. I know writing a personal list with their names would likely be illegal. But can I obtain and keep the newspaper obituaries? I know it'd be ridiculous to ban everyone from keeping obituaries, but is it different for caregivers, especially if you took care of the person in question? Thanks.

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An obituary in a newspaper is not a medical record. There is nothing in a newspaper obituary that would fall into the category of a medical record.

So yes you may keep obitutaries of patients you have cared for.

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I keep a copy of online obituaries for people that I've cared for. I'm an RN

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HIPAA also stops being in effect upon death. The courts have ruled that dead people have no expectations of privacy.

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I am extremely new to caregiving. I took my classes for my Washington State HCA-C in January and received my certification in April. I've been employed in a caregiving position for 2 months, but worked as an Activities Intern for the 3 months before that.

Since February, 7 people have passed away at my workplace. I never want to forget them. I never want to forget those lives I was involved in. I know writing a personal list with their names would likely be illegal. But can I obtain and keep the newspaper obituaries? I know it'd be ridiculous to ban everyone from keeping obituaries, but is it different for caregivers, especially if you took care of the person in question? Thanks.

Once a person passes and it becomes "Public knowledge" ie: Obituaries, you may certainly keep them.

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