Joint Guidance on the Application of FERPA and HIPAA to Student Health Records

Guidance regarding the applicability of FERPA and HIPAA to student health records.

Joint guidance issued by HHS and DOE explaining the relationship between FERPA and HIPAA meant to help address potential confusion on the part of school administrators, health care professionals, and others on how FERPA and HIPAA apply to student records.

Key Points

  • Both FERPA and HIPAA may permit the disclosure of student PHI in certain circumstances, especially related to emergency health or safety situations.

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