Minimum Necessary

When it comes to disclosing patient information, it is important to understand that you must only disclose minimal information that is deemed necessary in providing care. The PHI you need to do your job is called “minimum necessary.” It is information you “need to know” to do your job.  Despite safeguards and controls to minimize access, we know that PHI surrounds us. If you come into contact with PHI and your job does not require it, you should not discuss this information.