Health Information Management

Q&A: Releasing information on past services when a patient reaches the age of majority

HIM-HIPAA Insider, August 13, 2012

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A: Because the patient is now of legal age, you should obtain the patient's written authorization to release this information to the parent. Alternatively, you can release the information directly to the patient, who can decide whether to share it with the parent.

Editor’s Note: Mary Brandt, MBA, RHIA, CHE, CHPS, vice president of HIM at Scott & White Healthcare in Temple, Tex., answered this question, which originally appeared in the August issue of Briefings on HIPAA.



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