Health Information Management

PPV: Make sense of the privacy rights of minors

HIM-HIPAA Insider, November 6, 2007

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It is no secret that many state laws intersect with HIPAA requirements when it comes to disclosing protected health information to patients' family members. Many covered entities (CE) struggle to understand the various and occasionally conflicting regulations that apply to situations involving young patients and their parents or guardians.

Even CEs that are adept at dealing with the intricacies of patient confidentiality often balk when trying to decide what to tell the parents of a minor.

Editor's note: For more information on the protecting the privacy rights of minors, click here. Subscribers to Briefings on HIPAA can read the full article in the November 2007 issue. You can also purchase this article for $10 by clicking on the link above.

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