How to Respond to a Records Request from a Third Party
In Part II of our series, Patient Records Requests: What You Need to Know, we ask attorney Richard J. Rymond of Reminger Co., LPA about responding to requests from a third party, such as a patient’s attorney or representative, or another healthcare provider. As Mr. Rymond explains, physicians can only release records to a third party if they receive a HIPAA-compliant authorization signed by the patient. Without this document, releasing records may violate HIPAA laws and expose physicians to additional liability. With this in mind, it is key that a physician contact their insurance company or a lawyer if there is any doubt on whether or not it is appropriate to release records to a third party.
See below to watch Part II of our interview, or click here to watch the entire video.