How to Request UAMS Medical Records in 3 Easy Steps
The UAMS Health Information Management Department handles release requests for all patients. You can request records by fax, mail, email, or hand delivery.
All third-party queries will require valid authorization since UAMS procedures ensure that protected health information stays private. On the UAMS HIPAA site, you can get valid authorization forms. If a patient's medical records are transmitted to a doctor's office, clinic, or hospital, there is no price for getting copies.
You have the right to access your medical records under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Using your right to view your medical records is important whether you're moving providers or simply making emergency plans with your family.
Which Records Could Your Provider Decline to Provide?
HIPAA permits a patient to get practically all medical records, with a few exceptions. You may be denied access to some records. These are mental health records in which the doctor's notes are more likely to be impressions than diagnoses. Some argue that disclosing these details could jeopardize the patient-provider relationship or cause misinterpretation if given out of context.
Because it may harm your feelings, a provider cannot refuse your request. Only if disclosing the information will cause you or others harm should it be rejected. If you are denied, you must receive a written denial.
Your health information may be withheld in various circumstances under the law, but these restrictions are open to interpretation. Listed below are a few examples:
- Your healthcare practitioner made notes during psychotherapy. These notes may or may not be kept in your medical record.
- Information gathered in advance of legal action.
If you believe you have been refused access to specific medical records unfairly, you can submit a complaint with the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Civil Rights (OCR). If your medical privacy has been violated, you can do the same.
Suppose the OCR determines that your complaint is valid. In that case, it will tell the healthcare practitioner or facility to take corrective measures or demand a settlement if there was a major injury. Within 180 days of the offense, the complaint must be submitted.
How to Request Your Medical Records From UAMS on Your Own
There are various ways to obtain medical records. Upon receipt of your request, the medical records department (Health Information Management) will be glad to assist you in getting your medical data.
On the UAMS HIPAA website, you can find a Patient Request for Release of Information form. You can fax, mail, email, or personally present your requests to acquire your medical records.
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If you want to bring the request in person, you will find the medical records department at Room G169 on the ground floor of the Central Building (near the cafeteria). Any UAMS employee can assist you in finding our office.
All inquiries must include the following information:
- Patient's name and date of birth
- Name of the person or organization who will receive the information
- The particular information that will be made public
- Purposes for which it is being released
- Any restrictions you'd like to impose on the release
- The expiration date of the authorization
- Signed with your signature and the date
How to Request UAMS Medical Records With DoNotPay
DoNotPay has dealt with similar requests before and knows how to write a brief, accurate, and effective letter to your healthcare provider to acquire your legally-guaranteed health information as promptly as possible.
Here’s how to request your using DoNotPay:
- Look up medical records on DoNotPay's website.
- Enter the name of the healthcare 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 assist you in obtaining your medical documents. DoNotPay will send your request for medical records to your healthcare provider within a few days, and you should receive your information within a few weeks!
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