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A 58-year-old male asked about a 68-year-old male:

other than dx, what do the confidentiality rules extend to? could a md answer the question if a dementia pt. is well enough to resume car rides?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
HIPAA Rules: The privacy rule, a federal law, gives you rights over your health information and sets rules and limits on who can look at and receive your health information. More info is needed in your post. Please see below link: http://www.Hhs.Gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.Html.

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