Pennsylvania Medical Records Laws
Americans medical documents are quite protected. The privacy and integrity of patients' medical records are protected by both federal and state laws. One of the most important federal protections is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Pennsylvania also has medical records laws on the books. They allow employees to request medical records from their employer or health care professional. Pennsylvania law also requires reporting of contagious or infectious diseases.
The basics of Pennsylvania medical records laws are highlighted in the following chart. See FindLaw's Patient Rights section for related content.
|Who Has Access to Records?||-|
|What Privileges Apply to Medical Records?||Physician privilege limited to civil matters (42 §5929)|
|Mandatory Reporting Requirements||Communicable diseases (35 §521.4)|
|Patient Consent and Waiver||-|
|Provisions Related to HIV/AIDS||All HIV-related information confidential; limited disclosure (35 §7607)|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact an Pennsylvania health care attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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