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Communicating with a Patient’s Family, Friends, or Others Involved in the Patient’s Care

This is a guide that explains when a health care provider is allowed to share a patient's health information with the patient's family members, friends, or others identified by the patient as involved in the patient's care under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996

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Final

Issued by: Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

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