It may not be a big dollar amount ($15,000), but a recent New York Attorney General settlement represents a big issue—interpreting that HIPAA prohibits a health care professional who is changing practices from taking a patient list without the patients’ authorizations.

Health care providers should review their procedures surrounding departing physicians and how the provider balances patient continuity of care with HIPAA’s limitations. While health care professionals often believe they are entitled to retain the contact information of the patients who they treated, doing so requires careful navigation of HIPAA.

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