Is a pharmacist permitted to have customer acknowledge receipt of the notice by signing or initialing the log book that they already sign when they pick up prescriptions?
Yes, provided that the individual is clearly informed on the log book of what they are acknowledging and the acknowledgment is not also used as a waiver or permission for something else that also appears on the log book (such as a waiver to consult with the pharmacist). The HIPAA Privacy Rule provides covered health care providers with discretion to design an acknowledgment process that works best for their businesses.
Date Created: 12/20/2002
Last Updated: 03/14/2006