What is PHI ?
Protected Health Information (PHI)
HHS Provides Guidance on Methods for De-identifying PHI
On Nov. 26, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released technical guidance and a related
webpage regarding methods for de-identification of protected health information (PHI) in accordance with the HIPAA
Privacy Rule. HHS identified the Expert Determination Method and Safe Harbor Method as the two available
methods for satisfying the Privacy Rule’s de-identification standard.
HHS’ guidance explains both de-identification methods and provides information in a question and answer (Q&A)
format to help covered entities, such as health plans, understand the available options for performing deidentification.
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