SECTION 1. Chapter 112 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 12FF, the following new section: -
Section 12GG. A physician registered under this chapter, upon express or implied consent of a patient diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, pursuant to and consistent with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Section 264, 42 USC 1320(d), and the United States Department of Health and Human Services Privacy Rule, 45 CFR 164.500-534, shall report the Alzheimer’s diagnosis to a family member or legal personal representative of the patient, and provide to said family member or legal personal representative information about care planning services, including assistance understanding the diagnosis as well as the medical and non-medical options for ongoing treatment, services, and supports, and information about how to obtain such treatments, services, and supports.
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