Corporate Compliance

Compliance Q&A: Laboratory Reports

Compliance Monitor, November 23, 2011

Compliance Q&A: After meeting with physicians to review laboratory reports, patients often request copies of the reports. Must patients provide written consent or authorization before physicians provide copies?

A. Written consent or authorization is not required or appropriate in this situation. Physicians may provide patients who make verbal requests copies of their reports. This is similar to patient requests for copies of their medical records; physicians may require written requests, but this is not mandatory.

Editor's note: Chris Apgar, CISSP, president of Apgar & Associates, LLC, in Portland, OR, answered this question. He has more than 17 years of experience in information technology and specializes in security compliance, assessments, training, and strategic planning.

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