Confidentiality is a cornerstone of therapeutic treatment. It gives patients the comfort and trust they need to be honest with their clinician. However, there are circumstances that either compel or allow for therapists to breach patient confidentiality under both California laws and HIPAA. In this workshop, the CAMFT Staff Attorneys discuss various situations where a therapist is required or permitted to disclose patient clinical information, including coroner and county public requests; subpoenas/court orders; dangerous patients; clinical consultations; and managed care audits.
By the end of this program, participants will be able to:
1) Identify two situations in which a therapist must disclose confidential patient information without a patient’s authorization.
2) Describe how a therapist may disclose confidential patient information under California Civil Code 56.10(c)(19).
3) Explain when it is permissible to disclose confidential patient information to another healthcare provider under California Civil Code 56.10(c)(1).
4) Describe the minimum necessary standard when responding to managed care records requests.