Recently Asked Questions

What form do we need signed from the applicant to be able to speak to a friend or relative for additional functioning information? in Medical Records and HIPAA
A general privacy release can be used to communicate about the applicant to friends/relatives/other service providers, etc. This can be the SOAR sample (even if it is not for medical records) or a more generic one. Here is another example from CSH: http://www.csh.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/...
Can an Acceptable Medical Source (AMS) sign the Medical Summary Report if the client's main disabilities are mental but the AMS has mainly treated them for physical conditions? in Medical Summary Report (MSR)
Yes. By signing the MSR, the AMS is only indicating that they believe the included information to be true. It is likely that the provider has spoken with the individual about his/her mental illness, seen some records to that effect, and/or has witnessed some symptoms. In order to treat a patient...
When the MSR is signed by an Acceptable Medical Source (AMS) is there any HIPAA concern if the MSR contains information from other treating providers? in Medical Records and HIPAA
An MSR that has been written based on properly released records can be shared with the primary AMS. At the point of obtaining the signature, it is primarily a privacy issue, not HIPAA. However, it would be a best practice to have a release signed by the applicant permitting the case worker to...
If someone asks for a copy of their Medical Summary Report, do you give them a copy ? in Medical Summary Report (MSR)
The short answer is "yes." If someone asks to see their Medical Summary Report, you can provide it to them in the same manner that your agency would release a copy of their medical records to them. However, there are some other factors to keep in mind. Since the MSR focuses on an applicant's...