Question about med. records

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b4u
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   Posted 11/17/2008 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I am New Here and had a question about my records that my pain M Dr has. I went to the same PM dr for 6 yrs+ and was recently discharged. Since I am unhappy with the New PM dr because he is insistant on the pain pump and I am not ready it looks like I need to find someone New. If I will be looking or shopping around for a better relationship I do not want to keep transferring my records. My question is am I entitled to the Records and How do I go about getting them released to me?     
 
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Merlibee
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   Posted 11/17/2008 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey I'm new also but not new to Fibro I have had it since I was a child and wouldn't let anyone touch me.My doctor's office sends my records on to the next doctor but you can ask for them . you'll more than likely have to pay for copies And be sure to ask for all dr's notes as well. I asked for records one time and got a rude awakening as to what he really thought. I changed doctors after that! If you r doctor ordered any x-ray or tests at a hospital I go there and sign a release form and get them that way. Then you can have those results as well. My new doctor ask if I had x-rays so I was glad I did. any way good luck Merlibee

PAlady
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   Posted 11/17/2008 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Beth,
You're entitled to a copy of your medical records but you may have to pay a reasonable (and it should be reasonable) fee. Plus in most cases you have to sign a release form to have the records released to you, which makes my eyes roll when I'm standing right there requesting my own records! LOL

I now keep a copy of all of my records at home, and make a copy to bring to doctors with me. I have found that records that are supposed to be sent or faxed sometimes aren't, or are lost, and I get to the new appointment which I've waited months for only to find the new doc didn't get my old records. So I learned. Plus as Merlibee said it's really good for you to know what's in them. It's ok if you don't understand all the medical terminology and such - that's a good opportunity to ask questions so that you DO understand what doctors are thinking is causing the pain. Plus many of us have had things said in records which are harmful or downright untrue - especially us pain management patients. So that's good to know so you can address it if needed.

Good luck!

PaLady

b4u
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   Posted 11/17/2008 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
What is making me nervous about it is I went to this PM Dr for 6 yrs so I have about 50lbs of paperwork there. What is a reasonable fee do you think they will charge? If they even let me have them. I have all the results from the tests and xrays, I always made sure I got a copy for my own records. I have No idea why I was discharged from his care but I would like to find out possibly before a New Dr does... if he just made up something that is untrue, I would like to correct anything so it doesn't cause a problem with a new Dr. I wonder why being in pain amplifies problems but it does for me sometimes,ya know..I feel stressed because the thought of looking for a new pain Dr. that is a fit for me seems like it could take a long time and I will be out of meds before I find one .

PAlady
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   Posted 11/17/2008 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I sure do understand the increased stress this all causes! And it sure does increase pain. I also have to look for a pm doc and keep putting it off because my neurosurgeon's office has continued to prescribe and has made it so easy for me. I know that won't always be true.

There is no "if" in terms of them giving you your records. You are legally entitled to them. Now they can charge a fee as I said, and you can ask what that is (per page copy costs) in advance and ask approximately how many pages are in your record. What you may want to do is make sure you're not paying for copies of tests and things you already have. Sometimes what I've done is list the dates of office visits (can usually track these through co-pays listed in my checkbook) and request just the office notes. If you ask to speak with their medical records person he/she may not know anything about your discharge, and may just carry out the technical process and give you less hassle than you think. I wouldn't even mention you were d/c and if they give you any trouble I'd tell them you are legally entitled to a copy, and if they refuse you will file a complaint with the state medical board. But hopefully you won't need to do this.

You're right you want to find out what's in them, so you can add input with your new doctor clarifying anything that seems inaccurate or incomplete. Remember, you can't change the medical record; but you can add a letter to your file with your new doc IF it becomes necessary explaining what happened from your perspective. I know it's hard, but try to stay "nice" as a tactic and you may run into fewer problems.

I have also gone directly to pick up the records (ask when they'd be ready, and then you can go and sign any releases they need and pay any fees in person) and this way I go through them to see if there are duplicates to what I already have. Then I give them back those pages and ask to have the copying costs adjusted. I would make your initial request in writing anyway, that way they can't say they didn't know what you wanted.

I'm rambling so I'll stop! You probably don't have as much paperwork there as you think, especially if you substract the tests that you already have.

PaLady
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