HIPAA Privacy Rule Disclosures to Patient’s Family and Friends

Published: 08/08/2023

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Relevant To:
  • All Healthcare Organizations

The HIPAA Privacy Rule at 45 CFR 164.510(b) specifically permits covered entities to share information that is directly relevant to the involvement of a spouse, family members, friends, or other persons identified by a patient, in the patient’s care or payment for health care.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, if the patient is present, or is otherwise available prior to the disclosure, and has the capacity to make health care decisions, th

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