HHS Issues Letter to Providers on Disclosures to Avert Threats to Health or Safety

HHS has issued a letter to health care providers to ensure that they are aware of their ability under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to take action, consistent with their ethical standards or other legal obligations, to disclose necessary information about a patient to law enforcement, family members of the patient, or other persons, when they believe the patient presents a serious danger to himself or other people.

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Preventable birth injuries cut after proven interventions are bundled

Original post on American Medical News

By Tanya Albert Henry, AMNews correspondent. Posted Dec. 19, 2012.

Harm to mothers and their infants is significantly reduced when physicians, nurses and others follow protocols in the perinatal setting, a new study shows.

Between January 2008 and December 2010, 14 hospitals participating in the Premier Perinatal Safety Initiative, a collaborative of facilities from 12 states, reduced by 25% birth hypoxia and asphyxia that can cause infant brain damage. Neonatal birth trauma — from minor bruising to nerve or brain damage — was reduced 22%, according to results from the initiative published in December (premierinc.com/risk/tools-services/perinatal/index.jsp).

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