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Florida Handbook: Release of Medical Information: Special Issues

Our office treats a number of workers’ compensation patients. When releasing medical information, are the rules different for these patients?

Records of workers’ compensation patients are protected in a different manner than other types of records. Generally, patients who are treated under workers’ compensation programs must share their medical information with the employer paying for the treatment. This means that physicians may be required to give a summary of treatment to the patient’s employer. Rules and regulations on workers’ compensation are created at the state level.

The Florida Workers’ Compensation Law is complex but directly addresses a healthcare provider’s duty and responsibility regarding the dissemination of medical…

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