Re: Can you pain doc and PCP talk about w/out your permission of visa versa
- From: "Paul T. Holland" <pholland@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 00:47:42 GMT
and, it should be pointed out that is really is good medicine to have a
primary care physician - aka - gate keeper
to have one be aware of 'all' that is being treated.
in todays practice of medicine, it is not just possible, but likely,
that various treatments, protocols, and/or medications will give rise to
interactions that can, and will cause very serious counter effects.
i do understand that one might not be comfortable sharing 'all'
information with every doc - so i think it is important to separate out
the 'treatment' information from the personal history issue.
HIPAA says that physicians can share information relevant to a
patient's care with other healthcare providers and practitioners
directly involved in their care. It is on a need-to-know basis, so if
your pain doc feels he needs to let your primary doc know that you are
taking this or that med, they are well within their legal bounds to do
so. Things that they consider important to your care can be shared
between the two (or more) or them without restriction.
Actually, it's been that way all along. It just wasn't talked about.
Trisha in MO
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