VA Tech: The HIPAA Excuse?
That’s simply not true. As the Virginia Tech report and its authors explained, the HIPAA law doesn’t bar all communications about a person’s medical history. In fact, there are specific provisions for medical emergencies, for sharing information with family members and caregivers, and for communicating the presence of a person in the hospital (about page 4).
Another important fact is that the privacy law does not prohibit mental health professionals from LISTENING to information about a patient.
For a more detailed look at releasing health information to the families of people with severe mental illnesses, read this Catalyst article.