Therefore, any covered healthcare provider (or other covered entity) may disclose protected health information to a healthcare provider for therapeutic purposes, without a counterparty contract. However, this exception does not prevent a health care provider from establishing a counterpart relationship with another health care provider for another purpose. For example, a hospital may benefit from the services of another health care provider to support the training of medical students at the hospital. In this case, a counterpart contract would be required before the hospital could give the healthcare provider access to patients` health information. .