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Tip Sheet: Release of PHI to Police Under HIPAA

Barbara Duncan, HIPAA privacy officer at Stormont Vail Health in Topeka, Kansas, developed this tip sheet for employees to briefly explain what protected health information (PHI) disclosures HIPAA permits, and requires, to law enforcement officers. She met with the Topeka Police Department at its request to improve understanding of HIPAA, and later shared the tip sheet with police officers. Contact Duncan at

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