Corporate Compliance

Q&A: Consent for lab report copies

Compliance Monitor, August 3, 2011

Q: After meeting with physicians to review lab ¬reports, patients often request a copy of the report. Is written consent or authorization required before the physician provides the patient with a copy?  

A: Written consent or authorization is not required or appropriate in this situation. The physician may provide the patient with a copy of the report based on a verbal request. This is similar to a patient requesting a copy of his or her medical record. The physician may require that the request be in writing, but this is certainly not mandatory.

Chris Apgar, CISSP answered this question for the August 2011 issue of Strategies for Health Care Compliance. More information about Strategies for Health Care Compliance is available at the HCMarketplace.

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