Patient’s Guide to HIPAA – Basic Rights: What’s an Accounting of Disclosures?
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FAQ 37: What’s an Accounting of Disclosures?
For a disclosure of medical information about an individual, an accounting is a record of:
• The date of the disclosure
• The name of the person or entity who received the information
• A brief description of the information disclosed
• A brief statement of the purpose of the disclosure (or, as an alternative, a copy of the request for a disclosure).
The non-intuitive term accounting comes from an older privacy law. It’s clearer to think of an accounting as a disclosure history. We will stick with the rule’s accounting terminology here because it is used commonly in HIPAA circles.
Roadmap: Patient’s Guide to HIPAA: Part 2: Basic Patient Rights: Right to Receive an Accounting of Disclosures (FAQ 37 of 65)