We would require an authorization if they had drug/alcohol abuse diagnoses present in the record. Until there is some kind of clarification from the OCR regarding patient-directed requests from attorneys, you are sort of stuck in the middle........we have been treating these like requests from the patient....
Wendy Mangin, MS, RHIA
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