We all know that we must take proper care of our financial records, but we must also be aware that our medical records should also be kept confidential and in good order. With a chronic condition such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
, you will likely have extensive records with multiple specialists. As a patient, you have a right to your medical records (except in certain special circumstances). You also have the right to expect that your medical records be free of any errors. The articles below can help walk you through requesting your medical records and ensuring they are correct and private.
You may feel as though you don't have the right to ask your doctor for your medical records. The truth is that you do have the right to your own medical records. You can usually get copies of your records by requesting them in writing. There are some specific circumstances where you may be denied part of your records, such as those having to do with mental health. The state you live in will determine how quickly a provider must reply to your request. Here you will find the steps to take in order to request a copy of your medical records.
There are certain circumstances where you may not be able to have access to your medical records, but if you think you should have access and are being denied, there are steps to take to correct the problem. You'll want to be sure that you followed the proper procedures and requested access from the correct entity. If you've done all that you can and still don't have the records, you can file a complaint. Learn what recourse you have when you are denied access to your medical records.
You may be wondering how errors in your medical records would affect you. Even a small error could lead to a series of events that turns into a misdiagnosis, unnecessary treatment, or worse. You will want to go over your records with a fine-toothed comb to ensure that there are no mistakes. Learn more about what items you should be double-checking in your medical records to ensure that there are no mistakes.
Electronic medical records are now a reality, and while they might make it much easier to get your information to a specialist, how can you keep track of who has your records? The answer lies with you, the patient. The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
comes part of the way in helping you to keep your medical records private, but they don't go all the way. The ease of sending medical records can mean that mistakes can be easily replicated. In this article, learn what you can do to make sure your records are correct, and keep track of who has access to them.