How to Request OSF Health Medical Records With the Help of DoNotPay
Since the passage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act in 1996, patients have been allowed access to their own medical records. Whether you want to evaluate care or simply keep a record of your health history, HIPAA provides you with the right to do so. OSF HealthCare offers several options for patients to request medical records for themselves or on behalf of a designated third party.
Although the medical documents are available to patients, completing and submitting the correct forms can be time-consuming and frustrating. DoNotPay's experience with creating concise and effective requests for the release of your streamlines the process for you. With the help of DoNotPay, you can efficiently manage your own health care.
HIPAA and Your Right to Access Health Information
According to 45 CFR § 164.524, individuals have the right to access their own paper and electronic medical records. Documents may include:
- Lab reports
- Health care providers' notes
- Billing information
- Medical test results
Some Release Restrictions on Medical Records Access
In certain circumstances, you may be denied access to your medical records, including
- Drug and alcohol rehab
- Documentation used in a lawsuit
- Mental health records
OSF Medical Records Access
OSF HealthCare protects its patients' privacy. As such, the consortium requires specific documentation before releasing any aspect of an individual's medical history to the patient or their designated third-party recipient. Although HIPAA allows you access to your OSF medical records, you must read and understand medical record releases before signing them.
The following may obtain information from your medical files:
- Life insurance companies
- Rehab centers
- Patients' parent or legal guardian
- Billing providers
- Caregiver or advocate
- Nursing homes
- Primary health-care provider
- Mobile heart health or diabetes monitoring apps
How to Get Electronic Copies of Your OSF Medical Records
By allowing patients access to their paper and electronic medical records, HIPAA helps them make informed decisions about their health care and treatment plans. OSF HealthCare offers its patients online portal access.
OSF Electronic Medical Records Access
OSF MyChart provides electronic access to a patient's health care history. Individuals with an OSF account can download their own documents or designate third-party access. The online resource offers a how-to video and an online registration form for new users to complete.
How To Request Hospital Records For Yourself
It’s easier when you are requesting for your own . You simply have to complete the OSF HealthCare's online request form
Requesting Hospital Records With Sensitive Information or for a Third Party
You would need to follow the following steps:
- Download and complete the fillable PDF authorization form
- Print out and sign the document (it must contain a handwritten signature)
- Submit authorization one of two ways:
- Upload document
- Mail to the designated hospital (include "Attn: Medical Records" in address)
Contact the appropriate doctor's office directly for doctor's office visit records. You can find phone numbers and addresses through the OSF directory.
Perry Memorial Hospital
Formerly known as Perry Memorial Hospital, OSF HealthCare Saint Clare Medical Center patients should access My Perry Health Portal instead of OSF MyChart. Call OSF's Health Information Department at (815) 876-4414 if you have any questions.
For care received before February 1, 2018, for Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Presence Covenant Medical Center, PRO Ambulance, or Presence Medical Group you can reach them through the following channels:
- Website: Presence Covenant Medical Center
- Address: 3333 N. Seminary Street, Galesburg, Illinois 61401
- Phone: (815) 936-3206
- Contact Form
You can download and complete an amendment PDF form from the appropriate provider if you find incorrect or missing information on your records.
- OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center (Urbana, IL)
- OSF Holy Family Medical Center (Monmouth, IL)
- OSF Little Company of Mary Medical (Evergreen Park, IL)
- OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center (Danville, IL)
- OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center (Rockford, IL)
- OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center (Alton, IL)
- OSF Saint Clare Medical Center (Princeton, IL)
- OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center (Ottawa, IL)
- OSF Saint Francis Medical Center (Peoria, IL)
- OSF Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical (Pontiac, IL)
- OSF Saint Luke Medical Center (Kewanee, IL)
- OSF Saint Paul Medical Center (Mendota, IL)
- OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group (Escanaba, MI)
- OSF St. Joseph Medical Center (Bloomington, IL)
- OSF St. Mary Medical Center (Galesburg, IL)
Authorized Relative of the Deceased Verification Form
If you are a relative of the deceased and authorized to access records for the estate, you must complete and submit an Authorized Relative Certification form.
OSF HealthCare provides you with access to your medical records, but incorrectly completing forms or missing information can delay the process. Fortunately, DoNotPay can help you complete and submit medical release forms.
How Long Does OSF HealthCare Keep Records?
OSF keeps medical records for 12 years. DoNotPay can help you stay on schedule with accessing your records in the required timeframe.
How Much Does it Cost to Obtain Medical Records?
OSF doesn't indicate whether it charges a fee to provide medical record copies; however, the standard Illinois and Michigan fees are included here:
|Search, Labor, and Processing Fee||$27.91||$23.71|
|First Page Copy Fee||Pages 1-25: $1.05/page||Page 1-20: $1.19/page|
|Additional Pages Fee||Pages 26-50: $0.70/page||Pages 21-50: $0.60/page|
|Pages 50+: $0.35/page||Pages 51+: $0.23/page|
|Mailing Costs||Actual cost||Actual costs|
|Microfilm or Microfiche||No more than $1.74/page||Not specified|
|Electronic Records||Electronic records provided in electronic format at a cost of half the per page paper rate||Not specified|
|Additional Fees and Costs||Not specified||Records older than seven years or those stored off-site may require additional retrieval costs|
With the help of DoNotPay, you're prepared to get the information you need without delay.
Let DoNotPay Help You With the OSF Medical Records Retrieval Process
OSF HealthCare adheres to HIPAA's rules and regulations. The medical consortium makes the appropriate records accessible to current and former patients and their legal representatives or third-party entities. However, it can be a challenging process. DoNotPay helps you streamline getting the you require.
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.
Here’s how to request medical records using DoNotPay:
- 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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