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IOWA LEGISLATURE AMENDS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH DISCLOSURE LAWS

Posted in Medical Records, Mental Health, Release of Information

2016 Amendments Permit Disclosure for Care Coordination Only Under State Law One of the more challenging aspects of medical records management are federal and state legalities around release of substance abuse and mental health patient information. This year, the Iowa General Assembly passed legislation, Senate File 2144, to permit disclosure of otherwise confidential behavioral health… Continue Reading

Iowa Behavioral Health Association Hosts Jeanine Freeman & Paul Drey to Give HIPAA Training

Posted in Brick Gentry P.C., HIPAA, Mental Health

Iowa Behavioral Health Association Hosts Jeanine Freeman & Paul Drey   On July 23rd the Iowa Behavioral Health Association (IBHA), Iowa’s statewide association of substance use disorder agencies, addiction treatment programs and community mental health centers, hosted prominent health care attorneys Paul Drey and Jeanine Freeman of the Brick Gentry Law Firm to provide training… Continue Reading

Iowa Supreme Court Upholds Subpoena to Release Privileged Mental Health Communication

Posted in HIPAA, Medical Records, Mental Health, Release of Information

Physician Practices Must Remain Vigilant in Responding to Subpoenas for Mental Health Information Review of In the Interest of A.M. v. Thomas, Iowa Supreme Court, November 21, 2014 Summary. In a case it calls one of first impression, the Iowa Supreme Court upheld a subpoena to compel the testimony of a psychotherapist regarding the mental health… Continue Reading