Proposal on access to lab tests should be revised, doctors say

Proposed federal rules that would override laws in 20 states and require laboratories to send test results directly to patients upon request drew an array of objections from physician organizations, labs and hospitals.

The Dept. of Health and Human Services proposal, filed in September, does not require labs to ensure that physicians get test results before patients so they can help them understand the results. The proposal also does not distinguish between routine test results and those that deliver news of a potentially life-altering diagnosis, saying patients should have direct access to all test results.

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