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Washington Medical Records Laws

A combination of state and federal laws protect the privacy of patients' medical records, including the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Washington medical records laws state that only the patient may authorize disclosure of medical records to anyone other than health care providers, penal institution officials, or public health authorities.

The following chart lists the main provisions of Washington's medical records laws, with links to additional resources. See FindLaw's Patient Rights section for related articles.

Who Has Access to Records? Patient may authorize disclosure (70.02.030); without authorization: health care providers, penal institution officials, public health authorities (§70.02.050)
What Privileges Apply to Medical Records? Psychologist (18.83.110)
Mandatory Reporting Requirements Child abuse or adult dependent or developmentally disabled (§26.44.030); tuberculosis (70.28.010); sexually transmitted diseases (70.24.105)
Patient Consent and Waiver -
Insurance Companies -
Provisions Related to HIV/AIDS Disclosure of identity of person investigated, considered, or requested to test for HIV permitted to those under 70.24.105

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Washington health care attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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