How to Speed Up Your Request for UMC Medical Records
In 1996, the U.S. Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA guarantees patients the right to access their personal and to restrict others from seeing those medical records. Subsequently, in 2009, Congress passed HITECH legislation to require health records, including electronic medical records, as a nationwide goal for healthcare providers.
Patients have various reasons for accessing their medical records. They may want to avoid duplicate surgical procedures. Perhaps they want to update their personal health information so that their medical professionals and caregivers have the most updated health information. Updated medical records are critical in the event of medical emergencies, or when the patients no longer have the capacity to direct their own healthcare.
Whatever the reason, healthcare advocates recommend patients take advantage of the right to access personal medical records. The process of obtaining your medical records without help can mean frustration and time wasted. In some cases, a patient may not know who to contact or where to send the request for access to personal medical records.
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What Types of Medical Records Are Restricted From Being Released?
State and federal laws restrict the types of medical records that healthcare providers may disseminate without the patient's written consent. Written consent takes the form of medical record release forms.
Except where patients may harm themselves or cause harm to others, the law restricts the distribution of the following medical records:
- Treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs);
- Treatment for mental illness; and
- Treatment for substance abuse and alcohol abuse.
In general, healthcare providers may distribute the medical records of a minor to the minor's parents. Some states, however, modified that rule. The law makes an exception for the following circumstances:
- California, for example, requires written consent from minors age 15 and older, who maintain their own residence and can self-support.
- Caregivers require knowledge of their patient's medical records in order to provide them the best and safest care possible. Therefore, the law requires no consent from caregivers.
How to Request Medical Records From UMMC
The information that makes up a patient's is confidential. Therefore, the UMMC requires the patient's written consent before the hospital will release a patient's medical record to others. The signature must be an original signature not one created by electronic means.
Patients may request their UMMC medical record by taking the following steps:
- Print out the Request for Use and Disclosure of Protected Health Information form.
- Submit the authorization release form:
HIM/UMC Medical Records
110 S. Paca Street, 9th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
|Department of Health Information Management
22 S. Greene Street
First Floor, West Elevators
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
|Monday to Friday, 8:00 Am - 4:30 PM
410-328-2358 - Emergency patient care only 410-328-0537 - All other requests
If requesting after normal business hours, call 410-328-6750 before faxing the request
Does UMMC Charge for Medical Records Disclosure?
Yes. UMMC charges fees to disclose UMC hospital medical records as outlined below.
Patients who request copies of their medical records will receive an invoice with the materials as follows:
- $7.00 for an electronic copy
- $.07 each page plus postage to mail paper, hard copies
All invoices should be returned with the required payment to the HIM/Medical Records Department. Checks should be made payable to The University of Maryland Medical Center.
For third-party requests, UMMC requires payment before it will disclose medical record information to third parties. The charges include
- $22.80 for labor and supplies
- $0.76 per page
- Applicable postage fees
The request and payment should be mailed to the HIM/Medical Records Department.
How Long Does It Take to Receive the Medical Records?
UMMC anticipates receipt of medical record information within 5 days after the request. If the requestor does not receive the medical record information within 10 days, call 410-328-5706, select option 2 to speak to a Release of Information technician.
UMMC may include a postage-paid Customer Service Card with the requested information package. UMMC requests that requestors return the completed form.
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