Releasing records of a deceased patient

June 20, 2008

I received a request for a deceased patient's chart from someone claiming to be a representative of the patient's estate. Don't I need to verify that she's telling the truth before I release the chart?

I received a request for a deceased patient's chart from someone claiming to be a representative of the patient's estate. Don't I need to verify that she's telling the truth before I release the chart?

Yes, you must verify that she's a qualified representative of the decedent's estate. She should give you a copy of an official document from the state as proof.