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Tips on accessing your medical chart

Patients have the right to get a copy of their medical records under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA. Many states also have similar laws. Some tips on how to check:

– If you are on good terms with your health care provider, you can ask to see your records.

– If that doesn’t work, put the request in writing. Some hospitals have special forms to fill out.

– Healthcare providers generally have 30 days to hand over a copy of your records. The process is expedited in some states. Providers also generally have 60 days after receiving a request to correct an error.

– If the record is not corrected, you can write a short letter outlining the problem and request that it be included in the medical record. The health care provider can in turn write a rebuttal that’s also included in the record.

– If you are still dissatisfied, you can file a complaint with the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Patients cannot sue to change their records under the federal privacy rule.

Source: Center on Medical Record Rights and Privacy at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute

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