Is it ever O.K. to have med. lab results disclosed over the phone?

I'm aware that doctors are the only ones who can disclose test results with patients who had POSITIVE results and need follow up care, however, if everything is fine (NEGATIVE) can they just tell you that over the phone so you don't waste time and money going to see the doctor, or does HIPPA LAW mandate that you... show more I'm aware that doctors are the only ones who can disclose test results with patients who had POSITIVE results and need follow up care, however, if everything is fine (NEGATIVE) can they just tell you that over the phone so you don't waste time and money going to see the doctor, or does HIPPA LAW mandate that you go see the doctor regardless of the results?
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