My question involves public health law in the State of: Michigan.
When snailmail (USPS mail) comes into my office I frequently have claims or other PHI enclosed in the sealed envelopes. I know it's a felony to tamper with mail... but I was wondering if it's a HIPAA violation to have the UNOPENED mail say on my desk as opposed to being locked up. I haven't been able to get a clear answer to this anywhere :/ Also, I sometimes get claims and EOBs that belong to another doctor's office that used to be here and I put them up front to return to the postal worker. Do those need to be locked up as well? Or does mail (unopened) not have to be locked up at all?