Printed copies after fax report.
A I am not aware of any requirement for sending a printed hard copy of a report after sending a fax report. There are several things you should keep in mind about faxed reports, however.
First, the fax machine must be secure; in order to comply with HIPAA requirements, only persons authorized to see patients' confidential medical information should have access to faxed reports. Second, your laboratory should have a method for confirming that faxed reports are received. Most fax machines have the ability to send error messages if the fax is not received correctly. Finally, the lab should have a procedure for investigating any reports of faxes that were not received.
--Daniel M. Baer, MD
Department of Pathology
Oregon Health and Science University
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|Title Annotation:||Answering your questions|
|Author:||Baer, Daniel M.|
|Publication:||Medical Laboratory Observer|
|Date:||Mar 1, 2005|
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