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Do I have a right to access my Personal Health information?

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Under HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, patients can obtain information contained within their medical records. This information included billing prescription, enrollment, and claims adjudication information, among other personal health information.


Doctors, pharmacists, or other entities covered by HIPAA must supply this information on request within 30 days if the information is onsite, or 60 days if it is offsite. The entity, however, may ask that the request be made in writing. Patients must be given the choice to inspect and/or copy their personal health information. The covered entity must provide it in the form requested by the patient (i.e., electronic or hard copy) if it is readily producible in that format. The entity, however, may charge a reasonable fee. There are some circumstances in which the patient can be denied access, such as if access would harm the patient or another individual.


Finally, if the entity denies access to the health records, it must inform the patient in writing of the denial stating the reason why and giving a description of how how the individual may file a complaint with the entity or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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