|(a) Confidentiality required. An FPP health-care provider
must maintain all health care information as confidential to the extent
required by law.
(b) Written release authorization. Before an FPP health-care
provider may release any information that might identify a particular
client, that client must authorize the release in writing. If the
client is a minor, the client's parent, managing conservator, or guardian,
as authorized by Chapter 32 of the Texas Family Code or by federal
law or regulations, must authorize the release.
(c) Confidentiality training. An FPP health-care provider's
staff (paid and unpaid) must be informed during orientation of the
importance of keeping client information confidential.
(d) Records monitoring. An FPP health-care provider
must monitor client records to ensure that only appropriate staff
and HHSC may access the records.
(e) Assurance of confidentiality. An FPP health-care
provider must verbally assure each client that her records are confidential
and must explain the meaning of confidentiality.
(f) Consent for minors. FPP services must be provided
with consent from the minor's parent, managing conservator, or guardian
only as authorized by Texas Family Code, Chapter 32, or by federal
law or regulations.
(g) A FPP health-care provider may not require consent
for family planning services from the spouse of a married client.