What If Something Is Wrong With Your Medical Records?

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How to fix mistakes on your medical records

In 1996, Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which among other things gives patients access to their medical records.

Through HIPAA patients are able to request that health care providers amend their medical records if the patient notices something wrong in their medical information. The patient must notify their doctor or provider of the mistake to get it changed. Mistakes can include anything medically from misdiagnosis to inaccurate medication listings. Your request for an amendment can be denied if you submit the request to a healthcare provider that was not responsible for the original error.

A request for an amendment to your medical records can take up to 60 days to process.

Sometimes there are disagreements between patients and doctors or hospitals regarding which information in the medical record is correct. In these cases, the original information be be kept, but the request for a correction must be included and becomes a part of the medical record.