How to Get Your St. Barnabas Medical Records Now
HIPAA, or Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, went into law back in 1996 so that your health information stays secure and so that you have rights to your own files. Patients looking for or files from other physician offices and hospitals can get copies of their medical information.
While it isn't always easy to obtain them, DoNotPay can help you get them quickly and easily just by answering a few simple questions.
What Information Are You Allowed to Access With Your St. Barnabas Medical Records?
You have the right to see and get a copy of your whenever you want. This includes these four things:
- Medical information regarding your health
- Test results and images (lab work, X-rays, etc.)
- Insurance information
- Billing and payment records
If you request medical records from St. Barnabas regarding your health, the provider must comply, based on the HIPAA law. There are times, however, when you won't be able to access information from your files.
What St. Barnabas Medical Records Are You Not Able to Access?
For the most part, you're able to get your hands on most records regarding your health situation. There are a few instances where your right to access is limited. Those times include:
- Notes by professionals that aren't part of your health plan
- Peer review files
- Provider performance reviews
- Counseling sessions implemented for criminal, administrative, and civil proceedings
One other instance where it might be difficult to obtain them is when the records are from years back. Most clinics only keep files for approximately 5-10 years after a patient leaves that clinic.
Reasons to Request St. Barnabas Medical Records
The most common reason people seek access to their files is when they've moved or are in the process of moving to another city. Having all your records handy when you visit a new clinic for the first time helps the physician know your medical history when coming up with a new health plan for you.
Another reason you might want to get your hands on your information is when you need to see a specialist for a condition. They would not only need your history, but they might want to see any testing or recent images you may have on file, like an MRI.
If the specialist is in the same network that your general physician is, the records are usually accessible through the company's website. But, more often than not, you find them separate from your regular doctor. So, you'll have to request the information, sometimes by filling out a release form.
How to Access Your St. Barnabas Medical Records on Your Own
If you need access to your medical records, St. Barnabas should give them to you when certain requirements are met. To get your files, simply, contact them, and ask for the information you want. They will need to see proper identification before they hand it over, though.
If you request to have the records sent to another doctor's office, it will be free of charge. If you want copies sent to your home, a fee will apply. If you ask for records for another adult, St. Barnabas requires that you have a signature from that person, giving you permission to pick up their files.
Gaining access to your personal medical history isn't always easy, though, despite the HIPAA law which gives you the right to obtain them. Many hospitals received complaints from patients who didn't receive their files in a timely manner or didn't get what they requested.
If you have an account through the patient portal website, you can get electronic health files from there. Otherwise, you'll have to contact them to get it.
Here's the St. Barnabas contact information:
|94 Old Short Hills Road
Livingston, NJ, 07039
|Online Access to Records
How DoNotPay Can Help You Get Access to Your St. Barnabas Medical Records
It's best to request your St. Barnabas medical records in writing, so the clinic has a clear understanding of exactly what you're looking for. DoNotPay can help by creating the letter for you. All you need to do is to provide us with information regarding your request.
Here’s how to request your medical records with 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.
That's it. From there, you just need to wait for the records to arrive at your location or to the doctor's office you wanted them forwarded to.
Does DoNotPay Only Help With St. Barnabas Medical Records?
DoNotPay helps with many other clinics as well. A few examples of other places are:
- Mercy medical records
- Cleveland Clinic medical records
- Kaiser medical records
- Baptist medical records
There are tons of other clinics where we can help you request your records. Sign up for our service, and let us help you access your medical information quickly and efficiently.