Disclosures for Emergency Preparedness - A Decision Tool
Multiple Roles & Responsibilities - Hybrid Entities
- Some public agencies perform both covered entity functions (e.g. provider, health plan) and other functions (e.g. public health).
- These agencies may choose to be hybrid entities, so that the information held by the non-covered component would not be subject to the Privacy Rule.
- Special provisions apply; basically, the covered component (provider, health plan) must limit information shared with the rest of the organization the same way that it limits disclosures to other entities.
- Specific questions should be addressed to the agency. The agency's privacy official should be of assistance.