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Why do so many medical offices ask for unnecessary & intrusive personal information (ssn, drivers licenses) unrelated to medical records?
Required by law: It is required by law & insurance contracts that they have with companies & that you signed with those same companies. They need to make sure you are who you say you are & that they have proof. Also, if there is any legal question in the future, they can prove that they verified your identity. Finally, insurance companies use this info to track your health & put it into a central database. ...Read more
Usually 7 years: Paper charts- 7 years. This may differ by state. Advantage of emr is they can be preserved for ever. Paper charts may not be as secure as electronic charts if proper precautions are taken. ...Read more
Do hospitals look at an employee's medical record when hiring them? Are medical records confidential?
Go there: The best thing is to go there and complete their records release form and show id. You can also send in proof of identity and a signed request for records - if they will accept that. Regardless, they are permitted to charge you a per page photocopying/printing fee. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do medical doctors/nurses/hospitals have legal accountability to me (consumer/customer) or the insurance company?
Lawyer : Talk to your lawyer if you want legal help, this site is addressing medical concerns. ...Read more
Each : Each doctor's office or hospital has different policies regarding this matter, however your medical records should be made available to you in a timely fashion. Most facilities merely require a signed authorization, usually to be signed in person. If the records are in another state they may have another method for obtaining them. Remember you have a right as a patient to have access to your medical records. This includes all labs, x-rays, and clinic notes. Another method of obtaining medical records would be to have your current primary provider request to have your records released to them, which also requires your signature, this tends to be a little quicker in most case. Good luck! ...Read more
Yes they can..: Pharmacists may provide medical advice related to drug administration, side effects, interactions ...Read more
Not really: Unfortunately they only increase health care costs dramatically. While there are few undeniable benefits, the overall strain on the medical system is unsustainable. ...Read more
Yes, but...: ...Guess what? Insurance companies can also look at your paper records too. Built into the contracts they sign with doctors, insurance companies can "audit" a physician to look at their clinical notes. This is to prevent overbilling or incorrectly billing. So your insurance company already has access to all of your medical records. An ehr would make it easier to share those records. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For continuing disability review will SSI have full access to EVERYTHING a psychiatrist wrote in medical records?No confidentiality?Why call it that?
NO: Under privacy laws they can not, unless you provide written permission - either generic or on a case by case basis. ...Read more
I think that in NYC: The answer is no.Get a more detailed answer ›
For a State Agency safety written program update I'm researching, looking for a credible answer & source; is there currently a poison ivy vaccine?
I doubt it: people may be working on it. one approach: Arch Dermatol Res. 1999 Dec;291(12):652-8. ...Read more
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