New Guidance on Collaborating with Law Enforcement

PUBLISHED: Oct 4, 2017
Relevant to: Ambulatory Care, Behavioral Health, Community Mental Health Centers, Critical Access Hospitals, Dialysis Facilities, Home Health, Hospice, Hospitals, Long Term Care, Medical Office/Clinic

The International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety (IAHSS) has released a new industry guideline titled “Collaborating with Law Enforcement.” IAHSS is a professional organization dedicated to topics related to the managing and directing of security and safety programs in healthcare facilities.

IAHSS’s new guidance includes recommendations on how health care facilities can develop good working relationships with law enforcement. Suggested practices include:

  • Designating a security administrator to meet periodically with law enforcement agency contacts to ensure continuity and effectiveness of their relationships.
  • Developing and implementing processes for disclosing protected health information and other sensitive data to law enforcement representatives
  • Educating front line staff on how to respond to requests from law enforcement.

In light of the recent incident between a police officer and a Utah registered nurse, health care organizations should be reviewing the ways in which their staff interacts with law enforcement. The new IAHSS guidance is one approach for health care organizations to consider as they evaluate this important topic.

A link to the guidance is provided below.

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