New laws and technology are making it easier for patients to access their own medical records. In the past, these record requests have been met with untimely and costly responses from hospitals and physician offices. Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), accessing personal health information is relatively uncomplicated in all 50 states. Individuals simply submit a request to their healthcare provider, and in most cases, providers are required to deliver the records within 30 calendar days of the request. In spite of HIPAA’s provisions to guarantee that medical records are obtainable by patients, there can still be issues when it comes to accessing them.
Warner attorney Jeffrey Segal, a healthcare attorney in Warner’s Southfield office, was interviewed on the topic and sheds light on new developments regarding information blocking. Read the full article here.