Who Owns Your Medical Records?

You might be thinking isn’t that a redundant questions since my records are about me?  I wish it were so simple.  Technically, your medical records are yours to access.  The HIPAA law was supposed to provide easier accessibility.  Unfortunately, I find this is not the case. What the HIPAA law has done is give the…

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Another HIPAA Rant

I have said this before and I will say it again; I am all for patient privacy when it doesn’t get in the way of the patient’s medical needs. Once again, a client was given an absurd refusal to obtain much needed medical records. This client was waiting for biopsy results and had to travel…

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Another Made Up HIPAA Barrier:Will It Ever End?

I am, once again, befuddled by the obstacles institutions create to withhold medical records.  Today, I experienced  the absolute nonsense of a nursing home to block handing over medical notes to a family member who is the designated healthcare proxy. The story goes like this.  The daughter, who is the healthcare proxy, over a month…

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WHY Personal Health Records Are Needed Now.

I have become an avid fan of personal health records (PHR). Personal Health Records are online sites that offer a home base for medical records.  I hadn’t thought about it very much until I had several new clients with complicated medical histories.  Unfortunately, the clients had been seen by multiple doctors, specialists and hospitals making medical…

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MD/DO/NP: Have You Actually Read A HIPAA Form?

Yesterday, I had a new client which meant I needed to send HIPAA release forms to all involved medical professionals.  Tedious but necessary in order to get medical records or talk to anyone. My forms are standard with all the necessary information mandated by the federal government.  No matter what facility you go to, the…

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The Medical Record:A Suggestion for Accessibility.

Medical records accessibility seem to create great angst with many providers.  I find myself wondering about this issue when a client experiences resistance when requesting a copy or viewing of records.  The common refrain from the provider is the invoking of the HIPAA law.  The same law that gives the patient the right to see…

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