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Obtaining Hysterectomy Records and Reports
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How do I go about obtaining my medical records and/or surgery report?
According to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA
), you have several rights regarding your medical records and surgery report. One of them is that you can obtain copies, usually within 30 days of your request.
In general, you have a right to obtain copies of medical records that identify you and relate to your physical health. This can include billing records and copies of records your current physician received from other providers.
If you are interested in getting a copies of your surgery report, you can start with your surgeon’s office. At your post-op appointment
, ask for copies of everything pertaining to your surgery. Your surgeon may have copies of your surgery and pathology reports, as well as testing that was done prior to and following your surgery. If you want doctors'
and/or nurses' notes, you need to request them specifically; they will generally only give you the actual surgery report, laboratory test results, and pathology reports unless you request more.
Bear in mind that hospital policies vary, and some medical facilities may charge a “per page” copying fee along with a mailing fee if you have them sent to you. Under HIPAA, however, they cannot charge a fee for simply retrieving the records, nor can they deny you a copy because you have not paid for the services you received. Once you have them, you can add them to the piles of paperwork
you have already been collecting!
To avoid any unnecessary frustrations, it is best to call ahead of time to find out what you need to do and where you need to go to obtain your records.
Even if you don't understand all the medical terminology
right away, having copies of your medical records and surgery report can allow you to take an active part in managing your care. You can also review them for errors and redundancy to be sure the information about you is accurate.
This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.
04-12-2003 - 09:36 AM
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