Policy statement - Child abuse, confidentiality, and the health insurance portability and accountability act

Carole Jenny, Cindy W. Christian, James Crawford, Emalee Flaherty, Roberta A. Hibbard, Rich Kaplan, Nancy D. Kellogg, Deborah Hiser, Janet Saul, Tammy Piazza Hurley

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Abstract

The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 has significantly affected clinical practice, particularly with regard to how patient information is shared. HIPAA addresses the security and privacy of patient health data, ensuring that information is released appropriately with patient or guardian consent and knowledge. However, when child abuse or neglect is suspected in a clinical setting, the physician may determine that release of information without consent is necessary to ensure the health and safety of the child. This policy statement provides an overview of HIPAA regulations with regard to the role of the pediatrician in releasing or reviewing patient health information when the patient is a child who is a suspected victim of abuse or neglect. This statement is based on the most current regulations provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services and is subject to future changes and clarifications as updates are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-201
Number of pages5
JournalPediatrics
Volume125
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

Keywords

  • Child abuse
  • HIPAA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Jenny, C., Christian, C. W., Crawford, J., Flaherty, E., Hibbard, R. A., Kaplan, R., Kellogg, N. D., Hiser, D., Saul, J., & Hurley, T. P. (2010). Policy statement - Child abuse, confidentiality, and the health insurance portability and accountability act. Pediatrics, 125(1), 197-201. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2009-2864