tci General Surgery Coding Alert - 2015 Issue 1

You Be the Coder: See How Physicians Can Discuss PHI

Question: Our general surgeon wants to talk to another physician about a patient’s condition. She is planning to discuss the patient’s history and current diagnosis over the phone. I told her that she needs the patient’s permission before she can discuss the case but she says I’m wrong. Can you advise? Mississippi Subscriber Answer: Your surgeon is correct—you do not need the patient’s permission. “The Privacy Rule does not require you to obtain a signed consent form before sharing information for treatment purposes,” the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)...

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