HIPAA provides disclosure for Treatment, Payment and Healthcare Operations. If you are only disclosing the amount owed and not the reason for th patient's visit you are releasing it for both payment purposes and for Healthcare Operations which is described as 1) Administrative, financial, legal and quality improvement activities. and 2) Necessary to run business and support core funtions of treatment and payment.
HIPAA also states you may diclose PHI relative to person's involvement in care or payment to family, friends or others odentified by the individual (patient). You can only release the minimum necessary to accomplish the intended purpose (in this case payment).
For more information you can check out http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa...ining/udmn.pdf
They have some training materials to help you undestand HIPAA better.
Hope this helps.
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