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Sharing of Patient Health-Care Information

Concerning the dissemination of patient health-care information.
2024 Regular Session
Health Care & Health Insurance
Human Services
Public Health
Bill Summary

The bill requires the behavioral health administration in the department of human services (BHA) to create a universal behavioral health consent form for disclosure of an individual's protected health information in compliance with the federal "Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996".

The office of e-health innovation in the governor's office is required to convene a working group to determine how to most effectively create a centralized digital consent repository that allows patients to provide, extend, deny, and revoke consent for sharing their medical data and information between physical and behavioral health-care providers, family members, community organizations, payers, and state agencies at any time.

The BHA is required to create a friends and family input form (form) to allow an individual to provide a treating professional or a licensed or designated facility or organization with information related to a patient receiving mental health or substance use services. The bill prohibits an individual from knowingly and intentionally making a false statement on the form; performing this act constitutes an unclassified misdemeanor penalized by a fine of not more than $1,000.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)


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Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. J. Amabile



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