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Will my primary care doctor talk to my critical care practitioner about me?

Tamla Wells
Critical Care Nursing

The primary care doctor can speak to the critical care doctor with your written permission, to discuss your plan of care. HIPAA Privacy Rule provides federal protection for personal health information, and therefore, a release of information form must be completed by you or your legal proxy to allow communication between an independent primary care doctor and the critical care doctor. The primary care doctor may be able to provide additional information about your medical history, which may contribute to the current plan of care.  

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