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Sharing Health Information (HIPAA)

1. Which of the following statements is most accurate?

A. Where a patient is present and has the capacity to make health care decisions, health care providers may not communicate with a patient’s family members. B. Where a patient is present and has the capacity to make health care decisions, health care providers may communicate with a patient’s family members. C. Where a patient is present, has the capacity to make health care decisions, and is under the age of 65 years, health care providers may communicate with a patient’s family members. D. Where a patient is present, has the capacity to make health care decisions, and is over the age of 25 years, health care providers may communicate with a patient’s family members.

2. A nurse intern asks questions regarding the disclosure of psychotherapy notes. Which of the following informational points should be expressed to the nurse intern regarding psychotherapy notes?

A. A nurse intern asks questions regarding the disclosure of psychotherapy notes. Which of the following informational points should be expressed to the nurse intern regarding psychotherapy notes? B. Psychotherapy notes are not treated differently from other mental health information. C. Psychotherapy notes often include information that is maintained in a patient’s medical record. D. According to HIPAA, psychotherapy notes receive special protections.

3. Which of the following statements is most accurate?

A. HIPAA does not permit a doctor to contact a patient’s family or law enforcement. B. HIPAA permits a doctor to contact a patient’s family or law enforcement, only if the patient is over the age of 65. C. HIPAA permits a doctor to contact a patient’s family or law enforcement, only if the patient is over the age of 25. D. HIPAA permits a doctor to contact a patient’s family or law enforcement if the doctor believes that the patient might hurt herself or someone else.

4. HIPAA provides a personal representative of a patient with the same rights to access health information as the patient, including the right to request a complete medical record containing mental health information.

A. True B. False

5. Which of the following statements regarding a psychiatric hold is most accurate?

A. HIPAA does not allow a hospital to notify an individual’s family, friends, or caregivers that a patient, who has been hospitalized for a psychiatric hold, has been admitted. B. HIPAA does not allow a hospital to notify an individual’s family, friends, or caregivers that a patient, who has been hospitalized for a psychiatric hold, has been discharged. C. When a patient is not present or cannot agree or object because of some incapacity or emergency, a health care provider may not share relevant information about the patient with family, friends, or others involved in the patient’s care or payment for care. D. When a patient is not present or cannot agree or object because of some incapacity or emergency, a health care provider may share relevant information about the patient with family, friends, or others involved in the patient’s care or payment for care.

6. When a patient has overdosed, a health care professional, may notify the patient’s family, friends, or caregivers involved in the patient’s health care or payment for care if the patient is incapacitated and the health care professional determines, based on the exercise of professional judgment, that notification and disclosure of protected health information is in the patient’s best interests.

A. True B. False

7. Which of the following statements is most accurate?

A. According to HIPAA, a health provider that provides treatment for substance use disorders, may not disclose protected health information for treatment purposes, including emergencies. B. According to HIPAA, a health provider that provides treatment for substance use disorders, may disclose protected health information for treatment purposes, but not for emergencies. C. According to HIPAA, a health provider that provides treatment for substance use disorders, may not disclose protected health information for treatment purposes, including emergencies if the patient is under 65 years of age. D. According to HIPAA, a health provider that provides treatment for substance use disorders, may disclose protected health information for treatment purposes, including emergencies.


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