HHS Office for Civil Rights: HIPAA
Site links to just about every important document related to HIPAA standards for protection of the privacy of medical information, including laws, regulations, information for consumers and providers, filing a complaint, and fact sheets on a variety of related topics
MGL c.111, §70 Copies of medical records; fees
MGL c.111, § 70E Patients' rights law
MGL c.111, § 70F HIV testing
MGL c.112, § 12CC Inspection of records by patient or representative
MGL c.112, § 172A Mental health client confidentiality
MGL c.123, § 36 Mental health records
MGL c.149, § 19A Copies of reports of employer-required physical exams
MGL c.176O, § 27 Protecting access to confidential health care (PATCH Act)
Creates procedures to ensure that patients may request that they receive a summary of payment form directly, rather than having it sent to the insurance policyholder (such as a spouse or parent).
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) , P.L. 104-191.
The law creating strict guidelines for medical record confidentiality.
Department of Mental Health privacy practices/HIPAA.
Privacy Handbook, forms, policy on protected mental health information. https://www.mass.gov/department-of-mental-health-privacy-practiceshipaa
Guide on the disclosure of confidential information: health care information, Mass. Court Improvement Program.
Includes guidance for health care providers, mental health and substance abuse professionals, and specific information for minors' health information.
Health care personal representatives , U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) includes a number of provisions to safeguard a patient's privacy. Yet "there may be times when individuals are legally or otherwise incapable of exercising their rights, or simply choose to designate another to act on their behalf with respect to these rights." "..the covered entity must treat the personal representative as the individual for all purposes under the Rule" See also Giving someone a power of attorney for your healthcare (multi-state guide and form)
Medical privacy, Electronic Frontier Foundation. Includes information on a variety of topics including abortion reporting, genetic information privacy, law enforcement access, public health reporting and national security and medical information.
Privacy in medical billing, Mass. Department of Public Health
Privacy, security and electronic health records, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.
Guide to medical privacy and HIPAA, by D'Arcy Guerin Gue, Thompson Pub. Group, loose-leaf
HIPAA : a practical guide to the privacy and security of health data, by June M. Sullivan, American Bar Association, 2020.
Medical records law in Massachusetts, Lorman Education Services, 2014
Medical records privacy under HIPAA, by Michael M. Madigan and Elizabeth M. Bock, Matthew Bender & Company, Inc.
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