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Can I create my own medical release form to send my medical records to a friend who is a doctor?It depends on where your records are.If you're talking about from a hospital, no.Medical records while in theory are yours, are really theirs.You need to present to a hospital and fill out their own institutional forms. You simply put your friend/doctor as the approved party to receive.Or you can request your own copy, but this usually takes up to two weeks.As far as being EMHR, there's no universal format. Often hospitals and doctors offices, and dentists, and physical therapists will all have different programs that don't talk to each other (see a potential limit on EMHR?) so the records are printed out and faxed to who you're releasing them to.It's little details like these that keep the machines of bureaucracy running.
Why, after all that time and money was spent computerizing medical records, do we all have to fill out these forms that already have the information requested?Because the office doesn’t know all of your info is up to date. Have you moved? Did you see another doctor who changed a medication? Did you go to the naturopath and you’re now taking an herbal supplement? Has your knee been hurting and you’ve been taking tylenol every day for the last month? Did you go to the ED 6 months ago while you were visiting relatives out of town because you had an allergic reaction to something? All of those things may impact your treatment plan and we don’t always remember to tell the doctor because it’s “old” news to us
Are health clubs, gyms and other public businesses that require customers and clients to fill out health and/or medical forms or releases required to protect that information under HIPAA?This does not fall under HIPAA. Under the HIPAA regulations, the entities that must comply with the rules are defined as "covered entities" which are: health care plans, health care providers, and health care clearinghouses. So health clubs or gyms do not meet this definition and are therefore not subject to HIPAA. However, depending on your state, there may be laws which protect the sharing of this type of information.
What form must be signed by a patient before medical records can be released to a third party?It depends on the situation. In general most/all doctors have a general release to release the records to insurance companies for purposes of payment.If it is a guardian and unrelated to protected care (OB/STD/psychiatric care) then those will be released.If the patient files suit against someone the judge will issue a subpoena duces tenem (at least in Louisiana). The doctor’s offices will comply.
Do doctors actually read the forms that patients are required to fill out (medical history, known allergies, etc.)?Oh, we read them. We base the start of your plan of care on them. As the nurse doing that, I go over everything. The doctor I work for uses it to be sure he covered everything. It's very common to forget something when you have the doctor in front of you. This is my profession and even I do it. We expect you to forget something.Then it gets scanned into your chart, there, forever. I refer back to those forms if, for example, your labs turn up something life threatening and I can't signNow you. Who was that you listed as an emergency contact? Hope it's legible. Heck, I hope it's filled out! ( If it was entered before my time, it might not be. Now, you can't see the doctor without it filled out.)It's so important my practice asks you to re do them every year. Patients hate it, complain about it, loud! But if I had a dollar for every time I couldn't signNow someone in this day and age of fluid phone numbers, why, I'd have several more dogs and we'd all be living somewhere warmer!And…oh, you have another doctor? We didn't know that. And they prescribed what? Did what tests? We don't know if you don't tell us 99.9% of the time. You would be amazed how many patients don't bother to tell their primary care physician such important things like…they went to the ER, had an MRI, see a cardiologist, and..etc and so on. We don't automatically know. We should, but that's another story.Feel that paperwork is beneath you? Are you too busy to fill it out? I see that every day too. You know what that tells us? That you don't value this very much. That you are so much more likely to be non compliant, not take meds, no show for appointments, maybe fib a little….a lot… your lifestyle choices….how, if you take your meds. I mean, come on, you can't even follow directions to fill out paperwork! How do you expect us to take you seriously, when from the very start, you don't offer us the same courtesy.If there are any doctors out there, not reading these things, shame on you. But in 30+ years, I have not seen it. As for the doctor asking you about it, well, mine works very hard to get it right. And even the most earnest patients forget something.