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HIPAA’s Treatment Exception Permits Sharing with Certain Non-Healthcare Providers

Written in collaboration with Erin MacLean, JD, CHC, CHPC. Over the past several weeks, many have been focused on the proposed changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule announced in mid-December. While the proposed changes warrant attention and comment, the commentary to those proposed changes from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) must not be overlooked. In its commentary, OCR provides valuable insights on its interpretation of a provider’s ability to disclose information to third parties under HIPAA’s current treatment exception, including a provider’s ability to share protected health information (PHI) with non-healthcare providers without an authorization.