The Washington State Hospital Association recently published an update to its Hospital and Law Enforcement Guide to Disclosure of Protected Health Information.  This guide will assist providers in assessing both HIPAA and state law when disclosing protected health information to law enforcement.  The guide also provides a sample patient authorization form.  Updates to the guide include:

  • registered domestic partnership patient information authorization;
  • when hospitals are required to make an affirmative report regarding the admission of unconscious patients; and
  • the release of information relating to involuntarily committed patients. 

To access the guide click here.