Laws & Mandates

State Laws and Mandates

The following are state laws and mandates that guide and support e-health activities.

Minnesota legislation (Minnesota Statutes 62J.495 Subd. 3) requires that all health care providers in the state implement an interoperable electronic EHR system by January 1, 2015. The legislation was updated in 2015 to exempt individual health care providers in a solo, private practice, and those who do not accept reimbursement from a group purchaser.

Additional e-health components in 62J.495 include the Minnesota e-Health Initiative (62J.495 Subd. 2), coordination with national activities (62J.495 Subd. 4), and e-health assessment activities (62J.495 Subd. 5)

Resource: Minnesota Interoperable EHR Mandate

Minnesota legislation (Minnesota Statutes 62J.497) requires prescribers, pharmacists and pharmacies, and pharmacy benefit managers to be e-prescribing by January 1, 2011. The legislation was updated in 2016 to remove the exemption for clinics with two or fewer practicing physicians.

Resource: Electronic Prescribing in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health is required by Minnesota legislation (Minnesota Statutes 62J.498, through 62J.4982) to establish an oversight process that will protect the public interest on matters pertaining to health information exchange.

Resource: Health Information Exchange Oversight

Minnesota legislation (Minnesota Statutes 144.291 through 144.298) governing health records information.

Resource: Minnesota e-Health Privacy and Security

The Health Care Administrative Simplification Act (Minnesota Statute 62J.536) was enacted to achieve greater standardization and electronic exchange of health care administrative transactions, to reduce administrative costs and burden.

Resource: Healthcare Administrative Simplification

The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA) (Minnesota Statute 13) controls how government data are collected, created, stored (maintained), used and released (disseminated). The MGDPA sets out certain requirements relating to the right of the public to access government data and the rights of individuals who are the subjects of government data.

Resource: Minnesota e-Health Privacy

Resource: Security and Foundations in Privacy Toolkit

Minor Consent (Minnesota Statutes 144.341 through 144.347) guarantees minors the right to confidential health care services, without parental consent, in certain situations:

  • A minor who is or has been married, or borne a child;
  • Reproductive care, contraceptives, sexually transmitted diseases, alcohol and drug abuse;
  • Mental health care if over 16;
  • Emergencies;
  • Hepatitis B vaccinations; and
  • Abortions, in limited situations.

Resource: Minnesota e-Health Privacy and Security

Visit The Office of the Revisor of Statutes to see all Minnesota statutes, laws and rules.

Updated Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 09:19AM