When your records are subpoenaed

December 1, 2006

When responding to a subpoena to turn over a patient's medical records, do you have to include consultation reports sent by other doctors?

Q: When responding to a subpoena to turn over a patient's medical records, do you have to include consultation reports sent by other doctors?

A: You should include any reports you relied on, or could have relied on, in treating the patient. However, before you release anything, get your attorney's advice. It's important not to release any more information than you're required to, and you may not be obliged to release anything at all.