An individual may authorize us to disclose specific information from his or her record,
on an ongoing basis, for a definite or indefinite period. Accordingly, the individual
must indicate on the original consent document that he or she is requesting us to
disclose information on an ongoing basis. The individual must also provide the time
frame in which we can disclose the information. The consent is valid during this time
frame. We may honor these requests as long as the consent document meets the requirements
for a valid consent document and the individual or third party provides a copy of
the original consent document with each subsequent request.
It is unnecessary to document a record to indicate that an individual has provided
consent to disclose information on an ongoing basis. In these instances, the individual
or third party must provide a copy of the original consent document along with each
subsequent request for the same information originally requested. If a copy of the
original consent does not accompany a subsequent request, do not honor the request.
Return the information to the requester with an explanation of why we cannot honor
it. Advise the requester to provide a copy of the original consent that indicates
the information may be disclosed on an ongoing basis.