Section 10: Permitted Use and Disclosure of PHI to Family and Friends – Individual Care and Notification Purposes

Section 10: Permitted Use and Disclosure of PHI to Family and Friends – Individual Care and Notification Purposes

The Callier Center may disclose PHI without an authorization to a patient’s family members or friends who are not the patient’s personal representative in the following situations:

  • PHI may be disclosed to individuals involved in the patient’s care if the provider or staff member responsibly infers that the patient does not object to the disclosure or the patient cannot consent due to incapacity or emergency.
  • PHI may be disclosed to a person identified by the patient as a person involved in the patient’s care or payment for that care and the patient has not objected to the disclosure.
  • Information describing a patient’s location, general condition or death in cases of incapacity or emergency and only to the extent relevant to the person’s involvement with the patient’s health care.

HIPAA Regulatory Citation:  45 CFR § 164.510(b)

Effective:  04/14/2003
Revised:  04/13/2013
Reviewed: 03/16/2021, 08/15/2018, 06/09/2015

Donise W. Pearson, HIPAA Privacy Officer
UT Dallas Callier Center