Originally Posted by gothcopter
If the executive order is worded in such a way that the reporting of certain mental health issues falls under one of those provisions, then unauthorized disclosure of relevant PHI to the federal government would be permitted under the law. As far as I can tell it would still be the physician or health care institution's prerogative whether to report. I don't see any way that he can require reporting via executive order.
Good point. I notice that certain health care providers do not have to abide by the privacy laws. For example, It appears that a health insurance agency does not have to comply to the HIPAA restrictions.
Anyway, it looks like anyone should be very careful about any questions they answer.