A new undercover study by Yale researchers published in JAMA Network Open shows that many patients are encountering unnecessary difficulties in obtaining their medical records.
Though the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act guarantees patient access to their medical records within 30 days, lead study author Carolyn Lyem said most hospitals were noncompliant with those regulations. According to the study’s data, only 53% of hospitals allowed patients to access their entire medical files, and many provided inaccurate information about how to go about receiving them. For example, the 83 U.S. hospitals involved in the study gave different answers as to how the records would be released (i.e. paper copy, patient portal, email, or CD). Additionally, over half of hospitals charged patients to release the records – some charging $541 more than the federal recommendation of $6.50.
Easy and timely access to medical records is essential for patients that may have to make decisions concerning life-threatening health conditions. And these medical records are similarly essential for lawyers to evaluate and prosecute a case, including birth injury cases where there is a limited time parents or guardians have to bring a medical negligence claim. Click here for more information on how obtaining your medical records can impact your birth injury claim.
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