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How does the HIPAA Privacy Rule change the laws concerning consent for treatment?


The Privacy Rule relates to uses and disclosures of protected health information, not to whether a patient consents to the health care itself. As such, the Privacy Rule does not affect informed consent for treatment, which is addressed by State law.


Created 12/19/02


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Content last reviewed on July 26, 2013