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Disclosures and Breaches of Patient Information: Privacy and Confidentiality

Learning Objectives
1. Identify the general principles of appropriate versus inappropriate disclosure
2. Recognize when physicians need consent to disclose patient information
3. Describe the physician's role when there has been a breach of privacy
0.25 Credit CME

Generally, physicians have an ethical obligation to obtain proper consent prior to disclosing a patient's information. As part of the Privacy and Confidentiality series, this Code of Medical Ethics module identifies appropriate and inappropriate disclosures, and a physician's role during a breach in privacy. Learn about preventing unauthorized access and disclosure of patient information.

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Education from the AMA Code of Medical Ethics is a series of interactive modules that provide training to assist physicians and healthcare professionals in thinking about the foundational values of conduct defining their honorable behavior. Learn more

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Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to:

0.25 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program;

0.25 Self-Assessment points in the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery’s (ABOHNS) Continuing Certification program;

0.25 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program; and

0.25 Lifelong Learning points in the American Board of Pathology’s (ABPath) Continuing Certification program;

It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting MOC credit.

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Credit Designation Statement: The American Medical Association designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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ABMS MOC Statement: Through the American Board of Medical Specialties (“ABMS”) ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification (“MOC”) Activities, this activity has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity. Please review the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory to see what ABMS Member Boards have accepted this activity.

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