New HIPAA Privacy Rule

Beginning February 5, 2017 a new HIPAA Privacy Rule allowing certain Covered Entities the ability to disclose to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) will become effective.

The identities of those individuals who, for specific mental health reasons, may be reported who are already prohibited by Federal law from having a firearm.  While this provision enables the reporting of the identities of these individuals to the background check system, their individual privacy interests are protected.

Rebecca Tutton, R.N., J.D.

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