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Limiting Use and Disclosure of PHI

A covered entity may use or disclose PHI, without getting an individual's authorization, in order to:

  • Perform requested tests and treatments.
  • Bill for the services performed.
  • Perform essential operations, including quality assessment, accreditation, and compliance.
  • Meet legal reporting requirements, including those mandated by public health departments, workers' compensation, law enforcement agencies, and the US Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Other uses and disclosures require written authorization.