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Who owns personal medical records?

Who owns personal medical records?

Personal medical rec: You as patient have right and access to a full copy. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Hipaa (Definition)

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) is a US law that outlines privacy standards to protect patients' medical records and other health information that is accessed by health ...Read more


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Electronic health records allow sharing with insurance companies, right?

Electronic health records allow sharing with insurance companies, right?

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 more

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Personal medical records? How private are they?

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Should be private: Personal medical records are ought to be private and confidential. If you are storing on a web site make sure the site has good security. The doctors offices and the hospitals are already aware of the hippa policies and they do not divulge any information except for purposes of insurance companies and other referring doctors. ...Read more

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Should employers have access to employee health records?

Should employers have access to employee health records?

Depends: Generally employee health records are not readily available except in cases of information on fmla forms and sometimes for particular job requirements. People should know that more information is available to employers in regards to diagnoses, etc when they get that information from employer sponsored health plans. ...Read more

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Why do so many medical offices ask for unnecessary & intrusive personal information (ssn, drivers licenses) unrelated to medical records?

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

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Do hospitals look at an employee's medical record when hiring them? Are medical records confidential?

Do hospitals look at an employee's medical record when hiring them? Are medical records confidential?

Medical records are: confidential. Without your permission they cannot look at your medical records. If an employer requires drug testing they need to let their employees know the policy as well. ...Read more

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Question about medical records? Who owns them?

You do: The law in the us is that you own the information, the physician owns its physical form, and it can never be withheld from you. ...Read more

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Are paper medical records more secure than electronic health records?

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

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Are personal health records services or products regulated by accredited organization or gov?

Are personal health records services or products regulated by accredited organization or gov?

Some laws govern: In recent years, the government has passed laws that set rules for protecting personal health information. I'm sure the laws apply to people and businesses that handle personal health information, regardless of whether or not a person or business is labeled a "personal health records service". ...Read more

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Do social workers follow the patient confidentiality code?

Do social workers follow the patient confidentiality code?

All health care DO: All providers, including social workers are required to respect patient confidentiality, just like dentists, physicians, nurses, and pas. In the case of suspected child abuse for example, it is normall legally required for the provider to alert the authorities (child protection services). There are other situations that would require alerting authorities such as elder abuse and death threats. ...Read more

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Are health care providers required by law to charge the copay?

Are health care providers required by law to charge the copay?

Insurance co-pays: I cannot know about every state and every insurance company, but to the best of my knowledge yes. And why wouldn't they even if they were not required? Health care providers who participate in these plans are generally receiving less than their normal private fees anyway. ...Read more

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How do you obtain personal medical records?

Request it: You need to request it from the doctor's office or healthcare facility. They will have a form for you to complete or ask you to send in a signed, written request. They can also charge you for reproduction costs (modest fee). ...Read more

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Medicolegal opinion of employer required drug testing?

Medicolegal opinion of employer required drug testing?

Medico legal: An employer may require a urine drug test in order for you to get the job. This is quite appropriate. You can refuse- and it will then be very unlikely that you will land the job. ...Read more

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Who makes decision "not" to release your personal medical records?

You have rights: You can get copies of your records. practices don't always fully understand this, but it's a U.S. law. Hospitals and practices, can, however, charge you costs for the copies. Some places charge a lot, so find out the cost. You can ask for specific information, such as visit notes and lab test results only. Info on rights: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/medicalrecords. ...Read more

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Anyone had your employer health care plan deny dental benefits?

Anyone had  your employer health care plan deny dental benefits?

Dental benefits: Dental benefits are something negotiated by your company and a insurance company. They decide which procedures will or will not be covered and what percentage of the dentists fee they will cover. Every plan is different. Contact your company representative to discuss all your benefits that you are paying for. ...Read more

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Health insurance portability and accountability act: may I discuss client details with other employees within my agency?

Health insurance portability and accountability act: may I discuss client details with other employees within my agency?

Probably: If you agency is not health related, then details of your clients are assumed to be public unless there is some other confidentiality arrangement. You probably should not discuss health issues that you are privy to, but this is not a hippa issue if you are not a health professional. ...Read more

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Do mental health professionals attend medical school?

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Do mental health professionals attend medical school?

Med. school: Being one, I attended medical school, then residency training program, then fellowship to specialize in Psychiatry. ...Read more

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Will student health share my medical record with anyone?

Will student health share my medical record with anyone?

NO: Under privacy laws they can not, unless you provide written permission - either generic or on a case by case basis. ...Read more

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Do electronic health records bring down health care costs?

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

Personal Medical Records (Definition)

Personal medical records are a collection of notes from physicians and other providers, laboratory results, and imaging ...Read more


Personal Health Records (Definition)

Personal health records include forms, paperwork, printouts of lab tests, and physician notes related ...Read more