OMB Reviewing Advance HHS Rulemaking To Ease Sharing of Mental Health Records

April 11th, 2013

The federal government is a step closer to amending the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule to make it easier for states to share certain mental health records for the purposes of background checks for gun ownership.

In January, OCR Director Leon Rodriguez issued a memo to health care providers telling them they were allowed under the HIPAA Privacy Rule to share mental health records in cases where individuals were considered dangerous to themselves or others.

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