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From the Desk of Dr. Mark Studin
Academy of Chiropractic
Preamble: many of these issues I bring are small, yet each issue is just that… an issue. If you take care of the small issues, then you will be able to build and focus on the larger issues… a larger, more profitable practice along with more family time. 

“Sending Records to 3rd Party”

A third party in our world are the carriers and their legal counsels in an action where your patient is seeking either a settlement or verdict for bodily injury in an accident where they are not at fault. Therefore, you have no direct relationship with them other than if your state mandates you bill that carrier directly. 

 
As a result, you have zero responsibility to send them records in the absence of a “subpeoena duces tecum” from a lawyer, or a records release from the carrier directly IF… it is your patient’s carrier.   

 
A subpoena duces tecum is used to compel the production of documents that    might be admissible before the court. It cannot be used to require oral testimony and ordinarily cannot be used to compel a witness to reiterate, 
paraphrase, or affirm the truth of the documents produced.


Although frequently employed to obtain discovery during litigation, a subpoena duces tecum may not be used for a "fishing expedition" to enable a  party to gain access to massive amounts of documents as a means of gathering evidence. The subpoena should be sufficiently definite so that a respondent can identify the documents sought without a protracted or extensive search. Moreover, 
a person ordinarily is required to produce only documents in her possession or under her control and supervision. A subpoena duces tecum may be used to compel the production of the papers and books of a business.


 
Therefore, I will NEVER send records voluntarily to anyone other than the patients carrier with a records release, the patient’s lawyer with a records release or the opposing counsel upon a subpeona duces tecum. 

 
Those are hard rules. 

 

Respectfully,



Mark Studin DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chiropractic, University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic
Adjunct Professor, Division of Clinical Sciences, Texas Chiropractic College
Educational Presenter, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Joint Partnership with the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences 

 
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