The release and transfer of adolescent medical records when it comes to adolescent medical care is one of the most complicated areas in Release of Information (ROI).
It’s critical that healthcare providers understand these issues – and get them right. Proper ROI practices can help facilitate critical medical interventions that save lives. Wrong decisions can lead to complicated lawsuits or worse.
RRS Medical stays abreast of federal and state regulations related to adolescents’ privacy rights, and we consistently follow them. Here are some basic rules around adolescent privacy:
- HIPAA allows parents to have access to medical records for children under age 18, except when the care is court ordered, the parent waives access, or state law allows the minor to restrict access.
- Some states allow “mature and emancipated” minors to make healthcare decisions without parental consent or notification. States may grant privacy to minors receiving sensitive services around family planning, drug and alcohol use/abuse and mental health care.
- Certain providers, such as Title X clinics, have robust confidentiality protections for adolescents.
Medical records may also be withheld even with an authorization under special circumstances such as when a minor is a victim of incest or child abuse. Conversely, at times, medical information may be released without an authorization if the minor poses a serious danger of violence to themselves or others.
How RRS Medical protects ROI privacy
RRS Medical maintains and continually updates databases on adolescent privacy rights and restrictions, and all ROI requests go through a rigorous privacy protocol to protect both patients and providers. We continually update staff and offer training on confidentiality and consent laws as they apply to adolescents.
Our patient portals are also configured to meet state standards for confidentiality, ensuring that information is only released when access is legal and compliant.
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