Looking through my records

HIPAA regulations can be very tricky to navigate, especially if you aren’t familiar with all of the terminology that HIPAA documents and laws contain. I was recently put in a position where I was wondering if a doctor can withhold my medical records from me. I needed my medical records and there seemed to be some reason that I couldn’t get the staff at my doctor’s office to give me my records. Now, I could understand if I were trying to obtain someone else’s medical records or information. In that case, I would hope that they would give me a hard time about it and make it impossible for me to get my hands on that information. I mean, after all, medical information should be completely private, in my opinion. But since we were talking about my very own medical records from my own primary care doctor, I just didn’t understand why I was getting the runaround when it came to them giving me my information. When I looked up HIPAA risk assessment regulations, I found out that HIPAA risk analysis and law gives patients the right to obtain copies of all of their medical records, whether their doctor wants to provide them or not! When I called the doctor’s office and started out with the HIPAA risk assessment and law resolution, the records office there seemed to take me way more seriously about my records request. Maybe they were just busy and they didn’t feel like looking up my records for me or maybe they didn’t like me or something. But once I reminded them that every patient has a right under HIPAA analysis law to look at their own records, I got results.

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