Ochsner Health is a system that delivers health to the people of Louisiana, Mississippi and the Gulf South with a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate.
HIPAA is an acronym that stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. HIPAA includes regulations that govern the use and release of a patient's personal health information. HIPAA also limits the kind of information hospitals can disclose regarding patients.
Under HIPAA regulations, patients have the right to object to or restrict the use or disclosure of information contained in the directory.
If a patient does not object to this information being included in a hospital directory, a reporter asking for the patient by name can be privy to the general condition of the patient.
If media does not ask for the patient by name, no individual identifiable information about the patient may be disclosed.
If HIPAA privacy standards are met, general-condition information may be provided that does not communicate specific information about the individual. The American Hospital Association recommends the following one-word descriptions of a patient's condition:
In compliance with Federal HIPAA regulations and out of respect for patients and their families, Ochsner Health cannot comment on current or previous patients.
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