Concurrent with the September 23 compliance date for tougher HIPAA privacy and security rules, the HHS Office for Civil Rights has issued guidance to covered entities on the circumstances in which they may disclose protected health information to law enforcement agencies.

A covered entity may disclose PHI with the signed HIPAA authorization of an individual, but there are multiple circumstances in which they can disclose to law enforcement without an individual’s consent. According to the guidance, these circumstances include:

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