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NY court notes terms for health disclosures - WSJ.com

The Wall Street Journal posted an AP release on its website on a Court of Appeals decision concerning patient record privacy:

New York's top court says medical officials seeking a patient's mental health records in order to require further treatment need to get the patient's permission or a court order or serve a subpoena because the information is generally private under federal law.

In a ruling Tuesday, the Court of Appeals says the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, prohibits such disclosures to a state agency in a proceeding to compel treatment unless the patient authorizes it or he receives notice of the request.

Read the AP release here. Link to the case, In re Miguel M., posted on the Law Reporting Bureau's website.

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