New Law: Avoid Errors When Releasing Female Patient Records

Date: Thursday, August 18, 2022 1:00PM ET Length: 60 Minutes

Releasing protected health information (PHI) about your female patients just got significantly more complicated.

New laws about your patient’s reproductive rights put you at significant risk of being hit with HIPAA violations and penalties. To further complicate the issue, reproductive rights went from a federal issue to a state issue – making compliance even more challenging

Regardless of your specialty, if you treat female patients, this applies you. It is imperative that your records release processes take these new laws into account to protect your practice from HIPAA audits, violation and penalties.

This is where attorneys Dominique Shelton Leipzig, Esq., Charles Harris, Esq., and Brittney Leyva, Esq.can help. During their upcoming 60-minute online training session on Thursday, August 18th at 1pm ET, they’ll explain how you can adhere to these new laws when disclosing female patient PHI. You’ll receive step-by-step advice on how to correctly respond to subpoenas, and other legal record requests, related to your female patients.

Here are just a few of the questions you’ll get answered during this upcoming online training that will help you correctly disclose female patient PHI and protect your practice against HIPAA violations and fines:

  • Which disclosures are legally required — and which aren’t?
  • How should I respond if my state “permits” PHI disclosure, but doesn’t require it?
  • When is it necessary to disclose PHI, even without patient authorization?
  • If your state laws differ from HIPAA regulations, which do you follow?
  • Can you legally remove a patient’s reproductive history if they request it?
  • When can you deny law enforcement requests for female patient records?
  • If a PHI request comes from another state, which law should you follow?
  • If specifics in a PHI request exceeds what is allowed, how should you respond?
  • What if a patient won’t give approval to release their reproductive history?
  • If a law office requests records, are you always required to comply?
  • And so much more…

WARNING: When and to whom you release your female patient PHI has never been more closely scrutinized. It is essential that you develop compliant policies and processes for responding to subpoenas and other legal requests of female patient PHI. This includes how you respond to patient inquiries regarding if and when their personal information can be released under HIPAA medical records release laws.

The risks of not knowing exactly what, when and to whom you can release female patient PHI puts your practice at significant legal and financial risk. Don’t take a chance — sign up for this must-attend, expert-led online training session today.