The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, HIPAA privacy rule provides you with health information privacy rights. Your health information rights include the right to access your health information, an accounting of disclosures of your health information, and to correct or amend your health information — the right to notice of privacy practices and to file a complaint.
The HIPAA Privacy Rule gives the right for you to inspect and receive a copy of your health and billing records that are held by health plans and health care providers covered under HIPAA.
HIPAA provides every patient with the right to inspect your record and to have a copy of the document. These are two different things. You cannot be charged a fee if you want to examine your records. This means that you can always see your file.
There are many reasons you might want to review your health record at your health care provider or insurer. For example, you plan to move to another city and want to bring your records to a new doctor. Maybe you want a second opinion from another doctor and want to avoid having duplicate tests. Or you want to make sure that your new consulting doctor knows about earlier treatments and previous tests. You could also choose to keep a permanent copy of all your health records in one place and your possession. Perhaps you would like to make sure your children have your records, maybe due to family history and genetics. Maybe there is incorrect information in your files, and you would like to double-check. You think your insurance company wrongly denied your claim, and you want to see the record the company maintains or any other reason or no reason.
It is your right to see or have a copy of your record. You don’t need to have a purpose or tell anyone what your reason is. Call Hudack Law today at 951-708-3577 or 714-351-3236 for all of your Estate Planning needs.