§164.510(a)(3) Emergency circumstances. (i) If the opportunity to object to uses or disclosures required by paragraph (a)(2) of this section cannot practicably be provided because of the individual’s incapacity or an emergency treatment circumstance, a covered health care provider may use or disclose some or all of the protected health information permitted by paragraph (a)(1) of this section for the facility’s directory, if such disclosure is: (A) Consistent with a prior expressed preference of the individual, if any, that is known to the covered health care provider; and (B) In the individual’s best interest as determined by the covered health care provider, in the exercise of professional judgment. (ii) The covered health care provider must inform the individual and provide an opportunity to object to uses or disclosures for directory purposes as required by paragraph (a)(2) of this section when it becomes practicable to do so.
Do policies and procedures exist to use or disclose PHI for the facility directory in emergency circumstances?
Obtain and review the policies and procedures used to disclose PHI for the facility directory due to an emergency circumstance.