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Do You Know What to Do If You Receive a Subpoena?
Posted on: 6/8/2017

Augh – the dreaded subpoena.

A subpoena is a demand issued by an attorney, administrative agency, public body or Clerk of the Court, and often requires certain records or documents to be submitted and/or an individual to appear at a set time and place to testify regarding a lawsuit.

For physicians this usually means a lawsuit involving a patient, former patient or another doctor’s practice. 

If you receive a subpoena, you must respond in an acceptable way. Not responding would put you at risk of being held in contempt of court.

Learn more with ISMS’ medical legal guideline, Subpoenas. This resource covers how you should respond to a subpoena, what protected health information can be disclosed and what special rules apply to mental health records.

Questions? Please call 800-782-4767 ext. 3004 or send an email.


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