During the academic year, a student may be treated at the Student Health Center, if appropriate in the Human Performance and Sports Business Department, while other students may receive counseling by Student Counseling Services or the office of Alcohol, Drug and Wellness Education. On occasion, a student may be seen at a local hospital or by a private physician for tests, x-rays, or treatment. The hospital or physician generally sends a copy of those test results or medical records to the Student Health Center, which maintains them in the student's health record.
The confidentiality of a student's health care information is important to us. We want you to know what laws apply and how we protect the privacy of student health information. The two main laws governing the confidentiality of student health information are the HIPPAA Privacy Rule and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act ("FERPA").
Hospitals and private physicians must comply with HIPAA's Privacy Rule, which controls the use and disclosure of a patient's protected health information. If a student goes to the hospital or a private physician's office, it will not be necessary, under HIPAA, for the student (or parent, if the student is a minor) to sign an Authorization in order for the hospital or doctor to send a copy of that student's test results or medical record to a nurse, physician or other health care provider at the Student Health Center.
It also will not be necessary for the student (or parent) to sign an Authorization for the hospital or physician to submit a claim for payment to the student's or parent's health insurance plan. HIPAA defers to Ohio law in dealing wit the rights of parents and children. A student, who has reached the age of 18, may request the hospital or private physician not to disclose medical information to his or her parents. That decision is strictly between the student and physician in private practice, who is not connected with Mount Union. We encourage students to share their health information with parents.
The Student Health Center, Human Performance and Sports Business Department, Student Counseling Services, and Office of Alcohol, Drug and Wellness Education, through they may provide treatment and health-related services, are not covered by HIPAA's Privacy Rule. Records that are created when the student receives treatment at the Student Health Center, Human Performance and Sport Business Department, Student Counseling Services, or Office of Alcohol, Drug and Wellness Education, are considered "Education Records," which are protected by FERPA.
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