May My Employer Contact My Health Care Provider About My Serious Health Condition?

Contact between an employer and an employee’s health care provider must comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy regulations. Employers may contact an employee’s health care provider for authentication or clarification of the medical certification by using a health care provider, a human resource professional, a leave administrator, or a management official. Employers may not ask the health care provider for additional information beyond that contained on the medical certification form.

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