Test Results...who owns them?

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dencha
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   Posted 3/19/2010 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
I just had a barium swallow, and armed with information from this forum, asked for a copy of the report. I was told I could have the CD, but would need my GI doc's permission if they were to release the report. So I called my GI doc and they told me I needed to sign a formal request for the report, and only then would they mail me a copy. I argued with both the imaging center and the doctor's office but they were not budging. What's up with that? I'm interested if others have experienced the same roadblocks to receiving results of tests that they paid for! Hmmmmmmmmmm. Frustrated by bureaucracy--lots of it!

opnwhl4
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   Posted 3/19/2010 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Denise-
You only are supposed to have to sign a release if you want it sent to another doctor or someone other than yourself. You don;t have to have THEIR permission, they have to have YOUR permission to release the info to someone besides yourself. I have had to sign a release before for myself, but they always printed off a copy right then and handed it to me.

Bill

Alcie
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   Posted 3/19/2010 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had no trouble getting my reports and CDs from all the hospitals where I have had tests done. The only reason for a release is, as Bill said, to allow others to get it.

Hop through the hoops for now and go to a different center next time you need a test.
Alcie
 
 


Tigerlilly2
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   Posted 3/20/2010 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi, I m brand new to this forum but work in the medical field (psychologist) and this comes up a lot

For some reports, clients definitely have to sign a form to get their own records; I document every time I release any kind of record so I know where it went, even to the client themselves.  For my own records, I have had to provide ID, sign forms, etc so that the doctors office can prove it was me seeking my own records and not my neighbor. WIth that documentation tho, I have never had trouble getting the records. ACtually I much prefer getting my own records and taking them with me to other docs, as I know they are getting to the right place (happens up there that records get sent to wrong docs, etc) 


stkitt
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   Posted 3/20/2010 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning Denise,

The form you are probably being asked to complete is the Authorization/Consent for Release of Medical Information Form. Depending on the facility some want this form signed for all release of medical records and others for release of info to another facility.

You have the right to the information whether it be on CD or hard copy so please just continue your quest for the information. I have picked up copies of my own records from both the hospital and clinic without problems.

There may be a fee for copying/CD or hardcopy but it is worth it to have your info available to you.

Remember patient's rights and know I wish you peace as always,

Hugs,

Kitt

dencha
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   Posted 3/20/2010 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, everyone. Your information is very helpful. I will persevere and make sure I get the records. It just seemed odd that I have to sign a right to privacy form to get them myself. Oh well...it's probably just a standard procedure that they require for everything, so they don't have anything get out that would get them in trouble.
It was frustrating, though, because it was counter-intuitive!
Take care and enjoy your weekend!
Denise

my7pinecones
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   Posted 3/20/2010 11:36 PM (GMT -6)   
The HIPAA laws prevail now (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) I think that is what it stands for. You can have any/all records. I remember a time when a patient wasn't allowed to even look at a record or chart. You also can get clinical notes, not just test results...surgical notes, too. If tests were done in a hospital you can go into Medical Records and sign a form and show your ID and they will get you whatever you want. It is helpful to give them a few days to gather it together. I have had records mailed and on other occasions I have picked them up.

I am fortunate to have several of my specialists although spread over several cities, belong to the same Medical group. I was recently at my pulmonologist's office and they printed off both GI reports and Cardiology reports for me! HIPAA info is all over the internet...just do a search and you can learn of your rights.

dencha
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   Posted 3/21/2010 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks pinecones...I'll work on getting those records. I never got the notes from my surgeries. Good thought!

opnwhl4
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   Posted 3/22/2010 12:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Speaking of surgical notes.... I had to get them for my redo surgeon to see what was done the first time. After my 2 week check...okay actually 5 week due to 3 week hospital stay....he gave me the surgical notes from the redo to take with me so I would have them if it ever was questioned down here. I thought that was pretty nice of him to give it to me without asking.
Denise- I just think the doctors are being a pain just because they want to!

Take care,
Bill

dencha
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   Posted 3/22/2010 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
That's what it felt like to me. Especially when the imaging center couldn't give me my own test results. Why does the doctor have to approve? I wrote in "Chronicles of Bill" about my test results...I've got a great PCP who emailed the results to me. He doesn't treat me like an imbecile. I'm lucky to have him.
Have fun on your trip!
Denise
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