How to Request Barnes-Jewish Hospital Medical Records Without the Stress
Obtaining is not as easy as you might think. The records might be completely about you as a patient, and you might have every right to get them, but every facility has certain standards in place that dictate how to send those records and who may view them. You will have to pay certain costs and provide certain documentation to prove in order to get these medical records.
Usually, the process is time-consuming. Fortunately, DoNotPay can help.
What Are HIPAA Laws?
You have the right to request your based on HIPAA legislation. These laws have been in place for decades and are specifically designed to ensure that only people with proper legal rights to records actually receive them.
No one wants to see their medical records fall into the wrong hands, and that is why strict procedures exist to make sure this doesn't happen. Hospital staff and anyone who interacts with a patient are required to follow HIPAA laws to make sure they don't violate that patient's privacy in any way.
Who is allowed to access medical records?
- The patient
- The medical team that cares for the patient
- The guardian or caregiver of the patient (permission required for patients over age 18)
- Anyone that the patient gives written consent to see their records
Outside of that scope, no one should view those records ever. It is a violation of the law for someone to do so, and there can be major legal implications if someone gets involved in records that they were not supposed to see. Thus, it is apparent that patients' rights are at the forefront of all of the laws set up to protect medical records. Still, these laws can create extra burdens when people are simply seeking to request their own records.
How Things Can Get Messy
It is easy for a patient to run into problems even when trying to request their own medical records. The facility has to verify their identity by obtaining the following information directly from them:
- Date of birth
- Full legal name
- Social Security number
- List of specific records that they are requesting
- Signature approving the release of records
People sometimes forget to include one or more of these required elements when they submit a request for medical records. Naturally, this doesn't work out very well for them when they finally do submit their request. It can get lost in the jumble, and some people simply won't receive the records that they need and that they are entitled to as a result. Try to avoid this outcome for yourself by having all of your information ready to go.
Another thing to remember in a moment like this is that you may have to pay for the records that you receive, even electronic ones. You should be prepared for this reality, but some people are not. They don’t anticipate that they might be charged for services such as:
- Labor costs
- The cost of materials
- Verification fees
All of these (and a few others) are approved charges in certain states. People can't get out of them even if they wanted to, and it can make for a very difficult situation for them when they don't have the funds necessary to get their records. Always check with the facility to see how much they charge for these services before making the request.
How to Request Your Barnes-Jewish Hospital Medical Records on Your Own
If you need a copy of your medical records from Barnes-Jewish Hospital, you can reach out to the Health Information Management. You may proceed to the Center for Advanced Medicine and go to the Customer Service Center in the first floor lobby. The HIM is open from Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 11:30 Am and 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM.
If you need medical records from The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis or Barnes-Jewish Extended Care, here are relevant contact information:
|Barnes-Jewish Extended Care|
|Address||Barnes-Jewish Extended Care
401 Corporate Park Drive
St. Louis, MO. 63105
|Phone Number for General Inquiries on Medical Records||314-454-5934, select option 1|
|The Rehabilitation Institute of St Louis|
|Address||The Rehabilitation Institute of St Louis
4455 Duncan Ave St. Louis, MO 63110
Let DoNotPay Assist You in Requesting Your Medical Records
You don’t have to go through so much trouble to obtain your personal medical records. DoNotPay has seen these requests before and knows how to write your health care provider a simple, clear, and effective letter that will get your legally-guaranteed health records for you in no time.
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- 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.
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