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September 2002

  • Covered entity
    In general, provider, payer, or clearinghouse
  • Business associate
    Third party acting on behalf of covered entity
  • Use
    Utilization of Personal Health Information (PHI) internal to covered entity
  • Disclosure
    Sharing of PHI external to the covered entity
  • TPO
    Treatment, payment, and health care operations
  • Consent
    Permission to use or disclose PHI for treatment, payment, or health care operations
  • Authorization
    Permission to use or disclose PHI for a non-consent-related purpose
  • Minimum necessary
    Privacy rule concept-Covered entity policy definition of using the minimum information necessary for the purpose at hand
  • Need to know
    Security rule concept-Covered entity policy definition of what information is appropriate for a given staff member or group of staff -members to use or disclose in line with their assigned responsibilities
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