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In case any ground pounders wander in here wondering what HIPAA is, it means “No Personally Identifiable Information about patients is to be divulged without express permission from the patient or patient’s parent or guardian if the patient is under 18 years of age.” This means no names, no Department/Station/Camp names, or pictures with faces.

Rule #2: Refer to Rule #1.


Department or unit names probably don’t qualify as PHI. Also, HIPAA applies to those who bill the federal government for medical services (Medicare). Many wildland agencies do not. Although, in California there are some state privacy laws that apply as well.