Corporate Compliance

Q&A: Faxing patients' medical records

Compliance Monitor, January 20, 2010

Q: Is it permissible to fax patient medical records between physicians without patient authorization?

 A: Yes. As long as the records transfer is necessary for ongoing patient care, patient authorization is not required. Faxing the records is acceptable as long as you take reasonable precautions to ensure that you send the records to the correct number.

 Mary D. Brandt, MBA, RHIA, CHE, CHPS, answered this question in the January 2010 issue of the HCPro newsletter Briefings on HIPAA. For more information about this newsletter visit the HCMarketplace.

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