Author: Ferndale Road

law enforcement patient record requests

In addition to requests for patient information from patients, other providers, or insurance companies, your practice may need to respond to law enforcement patient record information requests  Isn’t patient privacy protected by law? Yes, back in 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was introduced to protect patients’ privacy. However, additional legislation allows medical providers to release patient information for law enforcement or intelligence purposes....

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opportunity cost

What is the opportunity cost of responding to patient record requests? We’ve been dealing with HIPPA for many years now. While patients do have a right to see their medical records, as providers, we’re bound by regulations on how to respond, timeframes, and what we can charge. Some records can be hundreds of pages long, which includes a lot of paper and toner. However, you...

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