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Psychiatric Practice and Managed Care
What Can You Release?
Psychiatric News
Volume 39 Number 18 page 13-13

Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), psychotherapy notes that are kept separate from the rest of the patient's medical record are held to a higher level of confidentiality and cannot be released to insurers, including Medicare, without written patient authorization.

Psychotherapy notes are defined by law as not including the following information (which are considered to be part of the patient's medical record):

These bulleted items can be released without a separate written authorization from the patient.

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