Focus on Service l Release of Results

Under Connecticut Law, a clinical laboratory is considered a supplier to a provider, not a provider.

In Connecticut, laboratory results may be released to the following:

1. The authorized healthcare provider who ordered the testing.
2. Anyone the ordering authorized healthcare provider indicates may receive the results. The request must be made in writing from the ordering healthcare provider.
3. A treating authorized healthcare provider who makes the request in writing.

Exceptions to this require

1. A court order or
2. A subpoena issued in CT accompanied by a release signed by the patient.

CT PUBLIC HEALTH CODE, DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH, OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

19a-36-D32. Reports of findings

(a) Laboratory findings on a specimen shall be reported directly to the licensed provider who ordered the testing pursuant to authority granted to such provider by chapter 370, 372, 373, 375, 377, 378, 379, 380 or 400j of the Connecticut General Statutes, and may be provided by laboratories other than the department's laboratory to lay persons upon the written request of the provider who ordered the testing. Laboratories other than the department's laboratory may also provide findings upon the written request of providers who did not order the testing, so long as the requesting provider is also statutorily authorized to order such testing pursuant to chapter 370, 372, 373, 375, 377, 378, 379, 380 or 400j of the Connecticut General Statutes, and is providing care to the patient who is the subject of the testing. Nothing in this section shall prohibit the issuance of reports of laboratory findings to town, city or state health officials as required by the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies or the inspection or impounding of records of such reports by a representative of the department.

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