Release of Information Toolkit


The release of protected health information (PHI) remains a core and critical task of the HIM profession. From the receipt of the request to the delivery and logging of the PHI disclosed, many factors must be considered and accounted for, such as federal and state laws, response times, policies and procedures, and necessity of the PHI requested, to name a few. To help healthcare organizations and health information management (HIM) professionals navigate their way through release of information (ROI) practices within today’s heavily regulated and rapidly changing environment, this toolkit has been designed to incorporate various types of disclosures of PHI and reflects today’s practices.

Topic Areas Include

  • Defining the different types of disclosures in today’s healthcare environment
  • Review the various Federal laws impacting the release of PHI including various state laws and handling sensitive PHI (e.g. HIV, genetic testing)
  • Discuss the various costs associated with ROI including what may or may not be charged
  • Discuss how to respond to various legal documents such as subpoenas, court orders, and grand jury subpoenas, and search warrants, to name a few
  • Sample policy and procedure
  • Sample authorization form

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