New Law: Avoid Errors When Releasing Female Patient Records


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 60-minute online training session, 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 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.

Meet Your Experts

Dominique Shelton Leipzig
Esq.Partner, Mayer Brown's Los Angeles Office

Dominique Shelton Leipzig is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Los Angeles office and a member of the Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice. She serves as the lead for Global Data Innovation as well as Ad Tech Privacy & Data Management. She is one of the country’s top privacy and data lawyers and her considerable experience helps clients navigate the evolving legal compliance issues related to privacy and data security for their digital data initiatives.

Charles E. Harris
II, Esq.Partner, Mayer Brown Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group

Charles E. Harris, II, is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution group. His litigation practice focuses on a range of matters of paramount importance to the business community, including class actions, antitrust, contract and real estate-related disputes, technology-related disputes, administrative actions, and privacy and cybersecurity. For instance, Charles has successfully defended individual and class action suits arising under the TCPA, AIPA, FCRA, FDCPA and state consumer protection statutes and defended data breach lawsuits.

He has also defended clients in administrative actions before agencies such as the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation and the Illinois Department of Revenue. Charles has also handled many First Amendment cases alleging defamation and other privacy torts, and as a registered patent attorney, he has litigated IP disputes. Charles has prepared matters for trial, tried cases to completion, and represented clients on appeal in both federal and state courts.

Brittney Leyva
Esq. Associate, Mayer Brown's Los Angeles Office

Brittney Leyva is an associate in Mayer Brown’s Los Angeles office and a member of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice groups. Brittney advises US and multinational companies on complex global privacy and data security issues, including compliance with global privacy and security frameworks, cyber incident response, crisis management, and civil litigation.