How to Request AGH Medical Records With DoNotPay
Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) is an urban hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It's part of the larger Allegheny Health Network and is a regional leader in specialties, including surgical, medical, rehabilitative, and trauma. If AGH is your current healthcare provider and you'd like to transfer copies of your to your new provider or just want a copy of a specific record forwarded to a specialist, DoNotPay can help.
Using our Request Medical Records product, you can get your AGH medical records with the click of a button, saving you hours of filling out forms and back and forth calls to your current and previous healthcare providers.
Why Might You Need Copies of Your Medical Records?
Medical records contain comprehensive information about your healthcare, including your discharge summary, history & physical, operative reports, labs, radiology reports, office visits/notes, ED reports, and consultation. Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), you or your designated patient advocate has the right to obtain copies of your medical records. Patients have the right to access medical records, get copies, and make corrections. You may need your medical records for several reasons, such as changing providers.
Keeping copies of your healthcare records has several benefits, including:
- It allows you to make sure your records are complete and correct
- Keep prepared for medical emergencies
- Medical records will help doctors to provide the best care for you
- Helps prevent getting tests you don't need, saving you time and money
- Gives you a current list of medications and immunizations
- Gives you the information you need to dispute or negotiate bills with your insurance provider
What Types of Medical Records Are Restricted From Being Released?
State and federal laws protect certain types of information in medical records. A specific written authorization by the patient or the patient's legally recognized representative might be required to release these types of information:
- Drug and alcohol abuse treatment
- Mental illness
- Sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS
- Reproductive care for patients 14 years old and older
For minor or caregiver record releases, you need to have the legal documentation to demonstrate the authority to sign for the patient. Examples of documentation include a Durable Power of Attorney for health care or letters of guardianship.
How to Get Medical Records From Allegheny General Hospital on Your Own
There are three ways to get your AGH medical records:
|Make the request online through MyChart||With a MyChart account, you can fill out the necessary form and send everything electronically — getting the information you need even faster. Follow these steps:
You can view your requested records in the Document Center once they've been released.
|Complete an authorization form||If you don't have a MyChart account, you can still request your medical records by filling out the Release of Protected Health Information form. Carefully fill out each section of the form. Under the "information will be released to…" section, you will either
A) fill out your personal information if you want a copy of your medical records or
B) fill out the doctor or medical facility where you'd like your records sent.
Once you've completed the form, you can mail it to:
Allegheny General Hospital
Attn: Medical Records Dept.
320 East North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
|By Fax||You can also fax your completed medical records release form to Allegheny General Hospital through their Fax number:
If you have questions about requesting your medical records or need guidance to fill out the necessary forms, you can contact your doctor or call the hospital at (412) 359-4234.
How to Transfer Medical Records to Allegheny General Hospital
There are various reasons why you may need to transfer your medical records to AGH. For example, you've recently moved to the Pittsburgh area, your primary care physician referred you to a specialist at AGH, or you need to share medical images from a recent surgery.
Whatever the reason, transferring your medical records to Allegheny General Hospital, usually includes these steps:
- Fill out an authorization form allowing your medical provider to share records with your AGH doctor
- Let your previous provider know if the request is urgent
- Specify which types of records you want to be included. Your care coordinator at AGH can advise you. This way, you will not be charged for records that are not needed.
- Provide directions on where to send the medical records
- Pay required fee
You don't have to do all this on your own. DoNotPay can request that your medical records be transferred to AGH on your behalf and handle all the paperwork involved.
Does Allegheny General Hospital Charge for Medical Records?
AGH doesn't charge a fee to release medical records to doctors or health care facilities. However, there may be a fee if you're requesting your AGH medical records for personal use or releasing records to another third party. Allowable fees are determined by state law and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
How to Request AGH Medical Records Using DoNotPay
DoNotPay is the most efficient and reliable way of getting your Allegheny General Hospital medical records. We have experience dealing with medical records requests and can help you write a simple, clear, and effective letter to your healthcare provider that will ensure that you get your medical records promptly. Just follow these steps, and you'll have your AGH medical records in no time:
- Look up medical records on DoNotPay's website.
- Enter the name of the health care provider you'd like to receive medical records from.
- Answer a few questions about your provider and where you'd like to send the records.
DoNotPay Works Across All Companies With the Click of a Button
DoNotPay is extremely versatile and can help you solve different problems. Apart from helping you request medical records from hospitals like AGH, Mercy, Cleveland Clinic, Baptist, and Kaiser, we can also help you:
- Create an advance healthcare directive
- Lower your bills
- Obtain birth certificates
- Request for sick leave
- Sue in small claims court
- Kaiser medical records
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- Mercy medical records
- Baptist medical records
DoNotPay makes the process of requesting your quick and easy, so you can get the care you need without delay.