HHS Issues HIPAA Guidance on Sharing Information Related to Mental Health

by Bevon Findley (SU)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released new guidance explaining how the HIPAA Privacy Rule operates to protect individuals' privacy rights with respect to their mental health information and in what circumstances the Privacy Rule permits health care providers to communicate with patients' family members and others to enhance treatment and assure safety. Here is the link to the complete guidance: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/special/mhguidance.html