What Is the Best Way to Get Your PeaceHealth Medical Records?
There is perhaps nothing more frustrating than seeking out medical records only to learn that you will not be granted access to them because of some bureaucratic hang-up. It happens more often than you might think, and those who get lost in the tangle of this are often rightfully upset. They just want to get their hands on something that ought to be granted to them without question, but they are hitting roadblocks because someone in an office somewhere doesn't know what they are doing.
If you have had challenges getting your , please get in touch with DoNotPay for assistance.
The Law States That You Have a Right to Your Records
No matter what anyone at a medical office anywhere says, the law states that you have a legal right to your . If you are denied those records, there is something seriously wrong going on. HIPPA laws dictate that medical records must be made available to:
- The patient themselves
- A parent or guardian of the patient
- A caregiver or advocate who has written permission from the patient to see the records
- The medical personnel who will play a direct role in the care that the patient receives
All of these people have a legitimate need to see these medical records kept by the facility, and that is why the law states that they are granted their right to those records. It is important to note that anyone who does not fall into one of these categories should not be granted access to your medical records or have any knowledge of them at all at any time. If they do, there may be a serious HIPAA violation at play.
Why Might Someone Need Their Medical Records?
Any reason a person deems necessary to obtain their medical records is reason enough to turn them over. That said, there are a variety of reasons why people commonly seek out their own medical records, and those reasons include:
- They are pursuing a lawsuit
- They would like to know about their medical history
- They want to see what they were charged for various procedures
They may need to call upon those records to see beyond the shadow of a doubt what kind of treatment they received and why they received it. Sometimes, people get into a situation where they simply need the information in order to figure out something more about themselves. The facility should have no reason to ask you why you are requesting the records, so don't feel pressured to give them that information if you don't want to.
Can You Receive Your Records Electronically?
You may receive your medical records electronically if that is your preferred method of receiving them. It is a lot easier for most people than it would be to receive a printed-out list of all of the records that apply to their case. Thus, many people opt for electronic records in order to get something easier to review.
To receive the records this way, you will need to submit certain information that the medical facility needs in order to verify your identity and ensure that they are sending the records to the right place or before they give the release form.
Here is what you need to send in:
- A government ID
- Your full name
- Your street address, e-mail address, and phone number
- The list of records that you are specifically requesting
- Your signature
Try to make it as clear as possible to the person that you are sending this request to that you need the records delivered as quickly as possible. At the same time, do what you can to ensure that all of the necessary documents are included. This is the only way that you will get your records sent to you.
How to Request PeaceHealth Medical Records on Your Own
There are three ways you can obtain a copy of your medical records from PeaceHealth. You have three options:
- Use My PeaceHealth to access records such as test results, medications, and procedures free of charge. Please note that not all medical records are available online.
- If not available online, you can submit a medical records release form so you can receive a copy or your records can be routed to another facility. This entails cost-based fee as outlined below:
|Electronic||Electronic||$6.50 + tax|
|Paper and Electronic||Electronic||$6.50 + tax|
|Paper and Electronic||Paper||$0.10 per page + tax + postage fees|
|Paper and Electronic||Paper and Electronic||$0.08 per page + tax + postage fees|
- If another health care provider needs your medical records from PeaceHealth for your care, said facility can request for the records via fax at 360-527-9383.
Can DoNotPay Help You Get Your Records?
There is no question that DoNotPay will be more than happy to help you get your hands on the records you require to put an end to the guessing game about where those records are or any questions that you have about them.
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.
DoNotPay can help you get access to your medical records from different facilities, too, including:
Is DoNotPay Helpful In Other Ways?
DoNotPay has gone out of its way to try to help people in every way possible. They create programs all the time that make it a bit easier for people to get certain problems solved.
DoNotPay wants people to get through their daily tasks with ease, and this is why they offer programs that:
- Help people delete accounts
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There are a lot of things that DoNotPay has simplified for everyone. As long as you know they exist, you can also take advantage of these programs, and you should invite others to do the same.