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To Help Ensure Confidentiality, Health Care Providers May:

  • Ask the minor patient for alternative contact information (address and phone numbers where she/he can be reached) if the patient does not want to be contacted at home.

  • Inform the patient if billing or the insurance claims process may compromise confidentiality.

  • Notify the insurance company that you treated the minor confidentially based on his/her own consent and that disclosure of the information would be contrary to the patient’s best interest.

  • Discuss insurance, billing and alternative forms of payment with the minor patient.

  • Educate the billing department about minors’ rights to confidentiality and be sensitive to the information on bills sent home.

  • Consult with legal counsel before releasing any medical records that might result in harm to the adolescent patient.

  • Investigate ways to create filing and other systems that protect adolescents’ confidentiality.

  • Explain to the parent that the minor should be seen confidentially and ask the parent to agree to such an arrangement.

Developed by: Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health® (PRCH)

The Roger Baldwin Foundation of the American Civil Liberties Union, Inc.

Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health Physicians at Children’s Memorial Hospital Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area

To order cards or become a member of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health® call 646-366-1890 or visit www.prch.org.

For legal questions/citations, call The Roger Baldwin Foundation of the American Civil Liberties Union, Inc. at 312-201-9740.

Copyright © 2004 Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health®

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