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HIPAA Faces Test in New Abortion Reality

Mintz Member Dianne Bourque was quoted in Axios in an article on the potential legal risks of revealing ultrasounds and other personal health records if prosecutors or law enforcement demand the information to enforce state abortion bans. Dianne said, "It is 'critical' that health providers educate themselves and their staffs on how to handle information requests, because there's the possibility that some violate HIPAA regulations... HIPAA record requests are usually done in writing using forms that specify what information is being sought... If a request is made informally over the phone or in person and without a form, the decision should be handed off to 'someone who can asses its validity'."