Ask the Experts: HIPAA Compliance for Minors
Are there any special HIPAA considerations when treating children (minors) who are living in group homes? Can the group home social workers/care givers give consent to share medical information, or are there other considerations in these types of cases?
Answer: In general, the group home has something on file regarding consent to treat and share information. It might be a good idea to reach out to the group homes you do business with and see if you can come up with a document or other protocol that works for both parties that group home caregivers can bring with them when children come for treatment. I recommend having this approved by your legal department.
This question was answered by: Kelly McGinnis, FHFMA, director of revenue cycle, HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, and a member of HFMA’s Hudson Valley New York Chapter.
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