HIPAA Information for Providers
Poison centers were established as health care providers authorized to share protected patient information with health care providers providing direct patient care in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations in 45CFR part 164 as published in the Federal Register. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) with a grant of authority to conduct surveillance activity and function as a public health authority to whom covered entities may disclose protected health information. In addition, the Wisconsin Poison Center is a State of Wisconsin, Department of Health program performing public health functions. As such we are exempt from HIPAA privacy regulations.