Frequently Asked Questions : Employee Access & Disclosure

May healthcare providers share patient information for treatment purposes?

Yes. The Privacy Rule allows doctors, nurses, hospitals, laboratory technicians, and other health care providers that are involved in the care of the patient to use or disclose protected health information, such as X-rays, laboratory and pathology reports, diagnoses, and other medical information for treatment purposes without the patient’s authorization. This includes sharing the information to consult with other providers, to treat a different patient, or to refer the patient.