Does the HIPAA Privacy Rule permit an eye doctor to confirm a contact prescription received by a mail-order contact company?


Yes. The disclosure of protected health information by an eye doctor to a distributor of contact lenses for the purpose of confirming a contact lens prescription is a treatment disclosure, and is permitted under the Privacy Rule at 45 CFR 164.506.



Date Created: 12/19/2002

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