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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Gun Control: Changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule for Disclosures to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System

posted on Thu, Jan 21 2016 9:01 am by Jennifer Bernstein

A change to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule permits certain covered entities to disclose the identities of individuals who are disqualified from owning a firearm for certain mental health reasons, as determined by federal and state law, to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. This HIPAA modification has implications for public health departments and mental health authorities.

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