AMA seeks to revise regulations for releasing health information on pediatric patients

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The AMA has announced that it will ask the HHS Office for Civil Rights to review and revise the regulations governing physicians’ disclosures of health information about pediatric and adolescent patients.

Current regulations allow doctors to withhold certain information where disclosure could cause physical harm to the patient. The harm prevention exception requires physicians to provide the parents or guardians of their adolescent patients with health information about “sensitive” topics, including reproductive health, mental health, or substance use, even if the physician believes this may cause the patient “emotional or psychological harm.” would inflict,” said a press release.

AMA will urge HHS to review and revise the meaning of the term “harm” for pediatric and adolescent patients.
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AMA said it will urge the Civil Rights Bureau to extend the meaning of the term “harm” to include mental and emotional distress in addition to physical harm.

“The current regulations that allow a physician to withhold information from disclosure in cases of anticipated physical harm is a myopic view of the patient-physician relationship,” Bobby mukkamala, MD, AMA board chairman-elect, said in the release. “It deprives doctors of their ability to exercise their expertise and training to evaluate a patient’s needs. Adolescents trust their doctors to guide them through difficult times. This change would build confidence.”

The AMA said it will ask the Office for Civil Rights to form a committee of medical professionals to help re-examine the definition of harm. The AMA also said it plans to share scientific evidence showing how mental and emotional health are integrated with physical health.

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