Yes! The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) gives you rights over your health information. With a few exceptions, you have the right to inspect, review and get a copy of your medical records and billing records. If you would like a copy of your medical records, you may have to put your request in writing and pay the cost of copying. Pursuant to the New York Public Health Law, a provider may impose a reasonable charge to make a copy of your medical records, but it may not exceed 0.75 cents per page. In addition, a provider may not deny you a copy of your records because you have not paid for the medical services.
It is important that you review your medical records and make sure the information is accurate. If you believe there has been a mistake, you can request that the health care provider or health plan amend the record. The health care provider or health plan must respond to your request. If there has been an error, the record must be amended. If the health care provider or health plan does not agree there has been a mistake, you still have the right to have your disagreement noted in the file. The record should be updated within 60 days in most cases.
Health information is private and should be protected. In my next blog, I will talk about federal and state laws that protect who may look and receive your health information.