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Authorization or Opportunity to Agree or Object is Not Required
A covered entity may use or disclose protected health information without the written authorization of the individual, or the opportunity for the individual to agree or object as in the situations covered below, subject to the applicable requirements.
When the covered entity is required to inform the individual of, or when the individual may agree to, a use or disclosure permitted, the provider’s information and the individual's agreement may be given orally.
Uses and Disclosures Required by Law
A covered entity may use or disclose protected health information to the extent that such use or disclosure is required by law and the use or disclosure complies with and is limited to the relevant requirements of such law.