When a fraud investigator demands records

January 18, 2008

Can the government demand access to health records usually protected under HIPAA to investigate healthcare fraud?

Can the government demand access to health records usually protected under HIPAA to investigate healthcare fraud?

Yes. The HIPAA privacy rule permits you to disclose records to government health oversight agencies for audits and investigations. You may also release records to such agencies without patient authorization for civil and criminal investigations and licensure or disciplinary hearings.

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