August 1, 2022

One of the most common requests we receive is about EHR (Electronic Health Records). Some questions we get are:

  1. How do patients access them?
  2. Can they be charged for them?
  3. How do patients correct errors in them?

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What are the steps to getting copies of my EHR?

In today's climate of fragmented health care, we recommend always requesting your EHR including doctor's notes. We suggest the following steps:

Request your records including all lab reports and doctor's notes. We recommend putting it in writing, and if necessary send it in a certified letter requiring a signature receipt so you have evidence in case they state they never received your request.

  • If they refuse or ignore your request, send another letter stating they are in violation of HIPAA and Information Blocking Law under the Cures Act, and request your records again.
  • Remember they have 30 days from the time they receive the request unless they inform you thy need an extension. If they need an extension, they can have a 30-day extension.
  • Keep in mind they may charge you but they have a limit. If you are simply asking to inspect or review your records and not requesting copies, they can't charge you.

  • We recommend keeping your records organized in a binder so you can easily find what you're looking for.

What should I do if there are errors in my EHR?

  1. If you think the information in your medical or billing record is incorrect, you can request a change or amendment to your record. We suggest putting it in writing via a certified letter in which you request a signature receipt.
  2. The health care provider or health plan must respond to your request. If it created the information, it must amend inaccurate or incomplete information.
  3. If the provider or plan does not agree with your request, you have the right to submit a statement of disagreement that the provider or plan must add to your record.

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Claudia A. Merandi Founder/CEO
Bev Schechtman Vice President
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