Texas Occupations Code - OCC § 159.005. Consent for Release of Confidential Information

(a) Consent for the release of confidential information must be in writing and signed by:

(1) the patient;

(2) a parent or legal guardian of the patient if the patient is a minor;

(3) a legal guardian of the patient if the patient has been adjudicated incapacitated to manage the patient's personal affairs;

(4) an attorney ad litem appointed for the patient, as authorized by:

(A) Subtitle C, Title 7, Health and Safety Code;

(B) Subtitle D, Title 7, Health and Safety Code;

(C) Title 3, Estates Code;  or

(D) Chapter 107, Family Code;  or

(5) a personal representative of the patient if the patient is deceased.

(b) The written consent must specify:

(1) the billing records, medical records, or other information to be covered by the release;

(2) the reasons or purposes for the release;  and

(3) the person to whom the information is to be released.

(c) The patient, or other person authorized to consent, is entitled to withdraw the consent to the release of any information.  Withdrawal of consent does not affect any information disclosed before the written notice of the withdrawal.

(d) A patient may not bring an action against a physician for a disclosure made by the physician in good faith reliance on an authorized consent if the physician did not have written notice that the authorization was revoked.

(e) A person who receives information made confidential by this subtitle may disclose the information only to the extent consistent with the authorized purposes for which consent to release the information is obtained.

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