HealthExec June 30, 2022
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued guidance on the state of patient privacy protections after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The decision threw patient privacy protections into question, as the ruling gave states the ability to criminalize receiving and providing abortions. There is now a new sense of uncertainty when it comes to sexual and reproductive healthcare, including abortions, pregnancy complications and other related care.
The guidance addresses how federal law and regulations protect individuals’ private medical information, called protected health information (PHI), relating to abortion and other sexual and reproductive healthcare. HHS made it clear that providers are not required to disclose private medical information to third parties. Additionally, the guidance...