Will the consent requirement restrict the ability of providers to consult with other providers about a patient’s condition?

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No. A provider with a direct treatment relationship with a patient would have to have initially obtained consent to use that patient’s health information for treatment purposes. Consulting with another health care provider about the patient’s case falls within the definition of “treatment” and, therefore, is permissible. If the provider being consulted does not otherwise have a direct treatment relationship with the patient, that provider does not need to obtain the patient’s consent to engage in the consultation.

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