Q: Can our outpatient pediatric clinic release records to DCP&P without parental consent so they may investigate
There was an allegation of child abuse from a third party. They would like to know if child is receiving appropriate healthcare services
A: For safety purposes, since a HIPPA release form was not signed by the parents, the facility should have a court order in its file authorizing and directing it to comply with the turnover of specific healthcare records. If it does not have a court order directing the turnover of specific healthcare records, it needs to have paperwork from the AG's office on behalf of DCPP ( at a minimum), directing it to comply with the request for turnover of specific healthcare information as a result of its investigation.
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