The California Health and Human Services Agency has released a guidance tool on requirements for obtaining patient authorization and consent for providers to electronically exchange information for treatment purposes.

The eHealth Patient Authorization Guidance Tool, which could be a model for other regions to consider, is in a draft form for review and comment, and not yet intended for use. The agency is seeking comments on the clarity of the supporting materials, content accuracy and clinical relevance, and usability of the tool.

Comments are due by June 28 and the tool and supporting clarification documents are available here.

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