Schneider v. Children's Health CareAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court concluding that federal regulations implementing the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a "specific authorization in law" under Minn. Stat. 144.293, subd. 2(2), holding that the court of appeals did not err.
After Children's Health Care informed Appellants that their child's protected health information was disclosed to Children's institutionally-related foundation and its business associate for fundraising purposes Appellants sued, arguing that Children's violated the Minnesota Health Records Act, Minn. Stat. 144.291-.298. The district court granted summary judgment for Children's, concluding that the disclosure of the patient's health information was specifically authorized in law by federal regulations implementing HIPAA. The court of appeals affirmed. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the disclosure of the health information at issue was permitted by a "specific authorization in law," as that phrase is used in the Minnesota Health Records Act.