NRPM: Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information. 11. Disclosure to next-of-kin. (§ 164.510(l))

11/03/1999

In § 164.510(l), we propose to require health care providers to obtain a verbal agreement from the individual before disclosing protected health information to next-of- kin, to other family members, or to others with whom the individual has a close personal relationship. Where it is not practical or feasible to request and obtain such verbal agreement, providers could disclose to next-of-kin, to other family members, or to others with whom an individual has a close personal relationship, protected health information that is directly relevant to the person’s involvement in the individual’s care, consistent with good professional health practice and ethics.