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FAQ


When providing copies of medical records upon valid request, are we required to provide copies of records we have that were created by other physicians?


Please see the following excerpt from the Texas Medical Association Of ice of the General Counsel white paper on release of medical records (the full white paper is available for TMA members only at www.texmed.org/RecordsRelease):


It is not uncommon for a medical record to con- tain records and information created by another physician. The Medical Practice Act contains a provision that requires disclosure of information in the possession of the physician that was created by another. Simply, the law states that in response to a request for records, the physician “shall” dis- close records “including records received from a physician or other health care provider involved in the care or treatment of the patient.” There is no exception in the Act for those documents that may be stamped “Do Not Copy or Forward” or “Not for Rerelease.”


NOTICE: The Texas Medical Association provides this information with the express understanding that no attorney-client relationship exists, that neither TMA nor its attorneys are engaged in providing legal advice, and that the information is of a general character. This is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. While every eff ort is made to ensure that content is complete, accurate, and timely, TMA cannot guarantee the accuracy and totality of the information contained in this publication and assumes no legal responsibility for loss or damages resulting from the use of this content. You should not rely on this information when dealing with personal legal matters; rather legal advice from retained legal counsel should be sought.


NOTICE: Please check the Texas Medical Board website (www.tmb.state.tx.us/page/board-rules) for current updates on its rules and policies with respect to this issue.


60 TEXAS MEDICINE November 2017


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