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May an ambulance crew report to the hospital the patient’s condition and the treatment provided?


Yes. The HIPAA Privacy Rule permits an ambulance service or other health care provider to disclose protected health information about an individual, without the individual’s authorization, to another health care provider, such as a hospital, for that provider’s treatment of the individual. See 45 CFR 164.506 and the definition of “treatment” at 45 CFR 164.501.

Date Created: 12/19/2002
Last Updated: 03/14/2006