You are a medical assistant in a family practice office. While working, you receive a call from a mother, whose 18-year-old daughter is a patient at your office. The woman said her daughter had not been feeling well and saw the doctor yesterday but did not share any of the information she received from the doctor.
The woman has asked you to give her all of the information from her daughter's chart.
* Can you give the woman medical information on her daughter? Why or why not?
* What legal and ethical concepts are present in this situation that can influence the way you decided to handle this? Explain.
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According to the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, there are specific rules related to the disclosure of health information. Health information can be disclosed for three purposes only: treatment, payment and health care operation. An eighteen year old patient is considered an adult unless there is a legal ...
This solution addresses issues of doctor patient confidentiality in relation to the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. References are also provided to further validate the findings.