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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

HIPAA AND FEES FOR MEDICAL RECORDS

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

HIPAA AND FEES FOR MEDICAL RECORDS – Updated OCR guidance sets limits. Physicians and other HIPAA covered entity providers are familiar with HIPAA’s rule on fees that may be charged when individuals request copies of their medical records. The federal Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the enforcement agency for the HIPAA Privacy Rule, recently released… 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