A minor’s parent provides a signed authorization to a hospital authorizing the minor’s medical records to be released.

A minor’s parent provides a signed authorization to a hospital authorizing the minor’s medical records to be released. Which of the following best describes the appropriate action the hospital should take?

a.The hospital should release the medical records because parents are personal representatives of their minor children and therefore have the right to obtain and access the minor’s health information

b.The hospital should not release the medical records because minors are solely responsible under HIPAA for designating personal representatives

c.The hospital should not release the medical records because authorizations require the signatures of both parents before the minor’s medical records can be released

d.The hospital should release the medical records but only if the parent provides a valid photo identification at the time the authorization is given to the hospital

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