DI 39518.045 Disclosure of Information -- DDS
Social Security Act, section 1106;
Regulation number 1 (42 USC 1306, 20 CFR 401);
Regulations 20 CFR 404.1631 and 416.1031; 404.1633 and 416.1033
A. Policy principle
Confidentiality of Information
The State will comply with the confidentiality of information, including the records requirements described in 20 CFR Part 401 and pertinent written guidelines.
B. Operating policy
1. Freedom of Information/Privacy Act
All recordsmaintained by the DDS that directly relate to processing disability cases are subject to all written and pertinent quidelines regarding confidentiality of information.
2. Confidentiality requirements pertaining to CE physicians
a. CE physician responsibility
The CE source is responsible for the protection of the confidentiality of recordsobtained in the administration of social security program to the same degree as an employee of the DDS services or of SSA.
The disclosure of informationobtained in the administration of social security programs, except as prescribed by regulations, is prohibited.
Unauthorized disclosure is a crime.
C. Operating procedure
1. Requirements when adding new CE panelist
Require a written statement from all new CE physicians acknowledging that they will follow the confidentiality guidelines.
Retain a copy of the signed agreement in the DDS records.
Incorporate the signed acknowledgement into:
Continue to furnish newly hired CE sources with the Medical Relations Handbook explaining the rules and policy on disclosure of medical information.
Language used in new CE panelist acknowledgement can take the following form:
“I acknowledge and understand that the Social Security Act and its implementing Regulation No.1 (42 U.S.C. 1306; 20 C.F.R. 401) prohibit the unauthorized disclosure of information obtained in the administration of Social Security programs and make such disclosure a crime. These prohibitions extend to any background data furnished to the provider in conjunction with the performance of the services contracted for herein, and to any reports generated as a result of providing such services, including any copies of such reports retained by the provider. Unauthorized disclosure of such records by the provider is prohibited. I further acknowledge and understand that should referral of any individual, or data pertaining to an individual, to any third party provider, (for additional diagnostic studies, clerical or transcription services, messenger services, etc.) become necessary in providing services contracted for herein, such third-pary provider must be made aware that services are being performed in connection with a Social Security program, and that improper disclosure of information about the subject individual is prohibited.”
D. Related procedure
See GN 03301.045, Penalties for Violation of the Information Laws, for related procedures on access and disclosure of confidential information and official records.