Under HIPAA standards can a medical facility release a deceased persons medical records?
HIPAA laws are applied under both federal and state guidelines.
Generally the only persons who will be granted access to a deceased
person's medical history are, govenment agencies (medical examiner,
Medicare, Medicaid, VA, etc.) health care providers/insurers who
were involved before the person's death, executor or personal
representative of the deceased's estate, a surviving spouse if the
couple were legally married at the time of death and adult
children. A few states require an order from the court regardless
of who is requesting the information. The best option is to contact
the doctor or facililty who is in charge of the records as they are
actually the "legal owner" and would be able to supply information
on how to obtain a copy of whatever is needed.
The compliance acronyms roll right off our lips these days:
HIPAA, SOX, PCI. All these and many others are top-of-mind to
executives and practitioners throughout the industry. Check out
TheComplianceAuthority resources site for more info .