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HHS Issues Guidance on Sharing Mental Health Information

HHS has issued new guidance addressing when it is appropriate under the HIPAA Privacy Rule for a health care provider to share the protected health information of a patient who is being treated for a mental health condition. The guidance does not impose new obligations, but rather is intended to clarify the application of existing HIPAA requirements to the disclosure of mental health information. Covered entity providers that handle such information may find it helpful to review the guidance to ensure that their practices are consistent with regulatory expectations.