Releasing patient medical record to work comp carrier

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Q: Is releasing a complete copy of a patient's medical record to a workers' compensation carrier acceptable?

A: This practice is acceptable only if the carrier can justify its need for the complete medical record as the minimum information necessary to process the claim. Otherwise, release only the information contained in the minimum data set you have established for nontreatment-related disclosures.

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