|(a) Confidentiality required. An HTW provider must
maintain all health care information as confidential to the extent
required by law.
(b) Written release authorization. Before an HTW provider
may release any information that might identify a particular client,
that client must authorize the release in writing. If the client is
15 through 17 years of age, inclusive, 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 HTW provider's staff
(paid and unpaid) must be informed during orientation of the importance
of keeping client information confidential.
(d) Records monitoring. An HTW provider must monitor
client records to ensure that only appropriate staff and HHSC may
access the records.
(e) Assurance of confidentiality. An HTW provider must
verbally assure each client that her records are confidential and
must explain the meaning of confidentiality.
(f) Consent for minors. HTW 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) An HTW provider may not require consent for family
planning services from the spouse of a married client.