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New Guidance on HIPAA Information Sharing to Address the Opioid Crisis

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017


Following the declaration of a nationwide public health emergency regarding the opioid crisis, the HHS Office for Civil Rights is releasing new guidance on when and how healthcare providers can share a patient’s health information with his or her family members, friends, and legal personal representatives when that patient may be in crisis and incapacitated, such as during an opioid overdose.

For more information on HIPAA, visit https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa