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HIPAA Q&A: Census disclosures may violate HIPAA; consider sign-in sheet alternatives in waiting area

Briefings on HIPAA, June 1, 2010

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Q. We are an MRI facility, and our services are referral- based. Faxing MRI reports to referring providers after radiologist review is our standard procedure. Patients can schedule follow-up appointments with referring providers to obtain results of their MRI scans. Patients regularly request a copy of the report at the time of their MRI scans or within several days of the scan when they pick up a copy of MRI films. 

Does HIPAA require us to provide patients a copy of the report even when the provider has not interpreted the report and image?

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