Ohio Court Rules to Disclose Medical Records

An Ohio Supreme Court ruling has many physicians wondering whether physician-patient confidentiality rights are in jeopardy.

The high court ruled that family physician William Schlotterer, DO, had to disclose his patients′ medical records to Medical Mutual of Ohio for investigational purposes because his patients consented to release them when they signed on for coverage, according to a July 6 report posted on Amednews.com.

The court said Medical Mutual’s probe into whether the doctor received proper reimbursement fell within the claims review process, and found the patient′s consent broad enough to authorize the release of any related records.

Amednews.com has the rest of the story.


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