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Hospital That Disclosed Health Data to Foundation Wins Appeal

Oct. 5, 2022, 6:08 PM

A hospital’s disclosure of patient health information to its charitable foundation didn’t violate the Minnesota Health Records Act, a state appellate court ruled.

The MHRA permits disclosures of a patient’s health records without the patient’s consent when the disclosure is authorized in federal regulations, the Minnesota Court of Appeals said.

Federal regulations implementing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act allow a hospital to disclose health information to an institutionally related foundation for fundraising purposes, the court said.

The court affirmed Oct. 3 a lower court’s summary judgment ruling in favor of the hospital.

Kelly Schneider and Evarist Schneider ...