The government issued guidance on December 21, 2021, on permitting healthcare providers to disclose protected health information (PHI) for the purpose of extreme risk protection orders and to prevent someone from accessing firearms in a mental health crisis. These orders are done when an individual is in an extreme mental health crisis. Under the privacy rule, a health care provider may disclose PHI in support of obtaining an extreme risk protection order. This can only be done if the provider feels that the individual poses a danger to themselves or to others. It is a step the government is taking to help protect against gun violence. Healthcare providers may intervene if they feel it is necessary and in the best interest of the patient and others. For more information on HIPAA updates go to www.HHS.gov.
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