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It’s 3 a.m., and you get a call from the emergency department. The staff is in a heated dispute with a local police officer who’s demanding information about a patient who assaulted another while waiting to be transferred to inpatient care. Your staff is worried about violating patient privacy. The officer is complaining loudly that the hospital is obstructing a criminal investigation. What’s a risk manager to do?

Can’t we all get along? Here are ways to work with police without violating HIPAA