HIPAA Privacy Rule and Disclosures of Information Relating to Reproductive Health Care

HIPAA Privacy Rule and Disclosures of Information Relating to Reproductive Health Care

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) administers and enforces the Privacy Rule, which establishes requirements with respect to the use, disclosure, and protection of PHI by covered entities (health plans, health care clearinghouses, and most health care providers)4 and, to some extent, by their business associates.5 These regulated entities can use or disclose PHI, without an individuals signed authorization,6 only as expressly permitted or required by the Privacy Rule.7 ,8The Privacy Rule permissions for disclosing PHI without an individuals authorization for purposes not related to health care, such as disclosures to law enforcement officials, are narrowly tailored to protect the individuals privacy and support their access to health services. This guidance addresses these types of permitted disclosures and their limitations.

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