Another doctor's record

August 8, 2003

May I disclose, for treatment purposes, parts of a medical record that were created by another doctor?

Q: May I disclose, for treatment purposes, parts of a medical record that were created by another doctor?

A: Yes. Once a record becomes part of your patient chart, you should treat it like any other information in the chart. Thus, you may disclose parts of the medical record that were created by another doctor,but, in so doing, you must comply with the privacy rule.

If a patient requests a copy of her entire medical record, you're generally required to include portions that were created by other providers. But you can deny a patient's request to amend a portion of the medical record created by someone else, unless that doctor is no longer available to make the amendment himself.