Should Immigration Status Information Be Considered Protected Health Information?

2019 The AMA Journal of Ethic  
In response to a case of an undocumented patient who was reported to immigration authorities, this commentary considers whether a patient's immigration status should be deemed protected health information (PHI) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. A legal argument, supported by clinical data, is offered that immigration status should be regarded as PHI not subject to valid exception for release without patient authorization. This argument concludes
more » ... argument concludes that covered entities (eg, hospitals and health care professionals) are legally precluded under the HIPAA Privacy Rule from disclosing a patient's immigration status.
doi:10.1001/amajethics.2019.32 pmid:30672416 fatcat:2nyesnijmfddvojpkhns6nyzte