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Under HIPAA, while you can hire a review and can share PHI for this purpose, your contract with the Providers providing the review must specify they agree to and understand they are bound under HIPAA with the information. In addition, you should add that they are to comply with HIPAA regulations regarding destruction of the records and will provide you verification they have disposed of the records in accordance with all HIPAA guidelines.
This is not overkill even though you are blocking out identifying information, because sometimes in these records things get missed and some information may be buried in the records themselves that could identify the patients.
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