Older Adults’ Protected Health Information: A Complex Ethical Case Discussion
Presenters: Jacqueline Seitz, JD and Rebecca S. Allen, PhD, ABPP
Date: June 22, 2022, 12:00 – 1:30pm CT
In situations of medical complexity, who has access to information about an older adult’s health information – including mental health and substance use history and treatment – can be a complicated issue. In this virtual training, a complex older adult health situation will be presented. The legal issues related to the privacy of protected health information (PHI) will be reviewed by legal experts from the Center of Excellence for Protected Health Information (CoE-PHI). Dr. Rebecca Allen – a geropsychologist with expertise in the ethics of older adult health care, will then consider ethical issues inherent in the case, highlighting common issues in meeting the needs of older adults while assuring that the right people have the right information. A broader discussion of these issues will be moderated by the E4 Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Disparities in aging.
Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Grant No. 6H79FG000600-01M001 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.