This handbook has been developed by the Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association (PHIMA) as a resource guide for health information management professionals who work in various healthcare facilities in the State of Pennsylvania. This publication provides general information and guidelines about Pennsylvania State and Federal laws regarding the maintenance, retention and release of health information. The content in this publication should not be regarded as professional legal advice, but as a guide to assist health information management professionals. PHIMA recommends that legal counsel be consulted as appropriate. Please advise the Pennsylvania Health Information Association of any errors, omissions or ambiguities that are discovered.
Listed below are Internet addresses for access to up-to-date information:
• American Health Information Management Association: http://www.ahima.org
• HIPAA regulations: http://hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa
• The Joint Commission: https://www.jointcommission.org/
• PA Administrative Code: https://www.pacode.com
• Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association: http://PHIMA.org
The original work contained in hardcopy and electronic versions of this publication is protected by copyright. Material may not be reproduced in any form without written permission of PHIMA.
The Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association wishes to thank the following individuals for their work on this publication:
Diane E. Ferry
Mary Ann Leonard