45 CFR 164.522 - Rights to request privacy protection for protected health information.
(1)Standard: Right of an individual to request restriction of uses and disclosures.
(iii) A covered entity that agrees to a restriction under paragraph (a)(1)(i) of this section may not use or disclose protected health information in violation of such restriction, except that, if the individual who requested the restriction is in need of emergency treatment and the restricted protected health information is needed to provide the emergency treatment, the covered entity may use the restricted protected health information, or may disclose such information to a health care provider, to provide such treatment to the individual.
(iv) If restricted protected health information is disclosed to a health care provider for emergency treatment under paragraph (a)(1)(iii) of this section, the covered entity must request that such health care provider not further use or disclose the information.
(v) A restriction agreed to by a covered entity under paragraph (a) of this section, is not effective under this subpart to prevent uses or disclosures permitted or required under § 164.502(a)(2)(ii), § 164.510(a) or § 164.512.
(B) The protected health information pertains solely to a health care item or service for which the individual, or person other than the health plan on behalf of the individual, has paid the covered entity in full.
(2)Implementation specifications: Terminating a restriction. A covered entity may terminate a restriction, if:
(i) The individual agrees to or requests the termination in writing;
(ii) The individual orally agrees to the termination and the oral agreement is documented; or
(1)Standard: Confidential communications requirements.
(i) A covered health care provider must permit individuals to request and must accommodate reasonable requests by individuals to receive communications of protected health information from the covered health care provider by alternative means or at alternative locations.
(ii) A health plan must permit individuals to request and must accommodate reasonable requests by individuals to receive communications of protected health information from the health plan by alternative means or at alternative locations, if the individual clearly states that the disclosure of all or part of that information could endanger the individual.
(2)Implementation specifications: Conditions on providing confidential communications.
(ii) A covered entity may condition the provision of a reasonable accommodation on:
(A) When appropriate, information as to how payment, if any, will be handled; and
(B) Specification of an alternative address or other method of contact.