There are, however, several exceptions in which I am legally bound to take action even though that requires revealing some information about a patient's treatment. If at all possible, I will make every attempt to inform you when these will have to be put into effect. The legal exceptions to confidentiality include, but are not limited, to the following:
- If there is good reason to believe you are threatening serious bodily harm to yourself or others.
- If there is good reason to suspect abuse and/or neglect toward children, the elderly or dependent adults, I am required by law to file a report with the appropriate state agency.
- In response to a court order or where otherwise required by law.
- To the extent necessary for emergency medical care to be rendered.
- To the extent necessary to make a claim on a delinquent account via small claims court or a collection agency.
- Finally, there are times when I find it beneficial to consult with colleagues as part of my practice for mutual professional consultation. Your name and unique identifying characteristics will not be disclosed. The consultant is also legally bound to keep the information confidential.