"Minimum Necessary" Standard

What is the “minimum necessary” standard?
We need to ensure that employees and outside agencies have only the patient information needed to do their job. This will require HCA to have policies and procedures that limit the amount of information that we can disclose, request, and use. Some of these limits can be instituted electronically, by having different levels of access in IRIS, the HCA Enterprise System. Other limits will be reflected in the procedures we use.
I'm a case coordinator, and I'd like to talk to the patient's primary physician about some health issues. Do I need to be careful to give and ask the doctor for only the “minimum necessary” information?
No. The minimum necessary standard does not apply to conversations between health care providers for treatment purposes.
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