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HIPAA and Patient Privacy Updates in the Age of COVID-19

Adriana van der Graaf, MBA, RHIA, CHP, CCS

CEC: 1 Medicolegal (ML)


HIPAA has been the “law of the land” since 1996, but often it is not well understood. This presentation will outline specific requirements for release of information, the changes in release of information requirements with the advent of telehealth, as well as related effects due to COVID-19. We will also discuss some of the constraints that healthcare providers may feel in clearly documenting patient issues in the medical record knowing that the patient can see what the provider wrote.


Attendees will:

  1. Understand who may access the patient record.
  2. Understand the consequences for unauthorized release of medical information.
  3. Understand which records are protected by the Privacy Rule.
  4. Understand what information can be requested from a healthcare provider by an employer.


Adriana van der Graaf

Adriana van der Graaf, MBA, RHIA, CHP, CCS, has over 35 years of Health Information Management and Revenue Cycle experience in hospitals of all sizes, HMOs, Academic Medical Centers, and Integrated Health Care Delivery Systems. She has worked for several consulting firms related to the implementation and assessment of Clinical Documentation Integrity Programs in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has recently implemented the Physician Educator Program for Providence Saint Joseph Hospital’s Los Angeles Market. Adriana is also an HIM educator, an AHIMA Mentor, and is credentialed as a California Community College educator.

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