Consults and charts

August 8, 2003

Must I obtain authorization to send a medical record to another doctor who's treating the same patient?

Q: Must I obtain authorization to send amedical record to another doctor who's treating the same patient?

A: No. You needn't obtain an authorization for the purpose of treatment. Although HIPAA has certainly been a headache to implement, the intent of the law isn't to impede patient care. Information can continue to flow freely between providers involved in a patient's treatment.