The third party must make this determination since the third party is in a position to gather the information and perform an investigation of a possible disclosure made by an employee or agent of the third party. When appropriate, Providence may assist the third party in making this determination.
Yes. Providence has established a toll free Breach Reporting Hotline at 877-512-7119 that third parties can use to notify Providence of a potential inappropriate disclosure or breach. We ask that you let us know as soon as possible, but no more than 5 days after discovering the inappropriate disclosure.
Generally, Providence as the covered entity should make these determinations as they are the ones with the relationship with the patient. Where appropriate, Providence may assist the third party in making this determination.
The HITECH Act places the responsibility for notifying patients on covered entities. If the inappropriate disclosure occurs because of actions of provider who is not a Providence employee or a member of that provider’s staff, please call the Providence Integrity, Compliance and Privacy contact
for your region for help determining who is responsible for notifying the patient and the government.