Health Information Management

Q&A: HIPAA and on-campus education for minors

HIM-HIPAA Insider, July 6, 2010

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Q: We have a medical unit for a pediatric population. This campus includes a school for educating children. How do we transmit patient information between the school and the medical unit without violating HIPAA?

A: You may provide information to the school without patient/parent authorization if the school is providing healthcare services to the patient as part of the treatment process.
 
Otherwise, you should obtain authorization from the child’s legal representative to release PHI to the school if school officials don’t need this information for ongoing care.
 
Editor’s note: Mary D. Brandt, MBA, RHIA, CHE, CHPS, associate executive director of HIM at Scott & White Healthcare in Temple, TX, answered the previous question in the July issue of Briefings on HIPAA.



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