California Health Information Privacy Manual

Laws regarding patient privacy rights, use/ disclosure of PHI, and breaches

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This comprehensive resource addresses all state and federal laws related to the privacy of health information, and provides guidance to help hospitals comply with increasingly complex regulations. Laws covered include:

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH)
  • Confidentiality of Medical Information Act
  • Patient Access to Health Records Act
  • Lanterman-Petris-Short Act

New for 2023

The California Hospital Health Information Privacy Manual addresses state and federal health care law through January 2023, and features updates including:

  • A significantly revised chapter on substance use disorder information in accordance with revised law
  • A new chapter on the federal information blocking law
  • Significant revisions to breach notification chapter to reflect revised state law, including regulations adopted by the Calif. Department of Public Health (CDPH)
  • New content on CDPH’s authority to levy fines for privacy breaches.
  • Material about new state law allowing LPS-protected information to be provided to district attorneys, patient advocates, and business associates
  • Content about new California laws protecting abortion information and gender-affirming treatment information from out-of-state subpoenas.
  • Added information about a new California law permitting electronic signatures on release of information forms.

(Ninth edition, 2023)


  • Understand the Laws
  • Administrative Processes and Considerations
  • Privacy Rights and Notice of Privacy Practices
  • Use and Disclosure of PHI: Fundamentals and Special Issues
  • Use and Disclosure of PHI: CMIA Patients
  • Use and Disclosure of PHI: LPS Patients
  • Use and Disclosure of PHI: Substance Abuse Patients
  • Privacy and the Conduct of Research
  • Employee Health Information
  • Health Information Security
  • Business Associate Contracts
  • Breaches
  • Enforcement and Penalties
  • Information Blocking

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