Steps to Take if You Find Errors in Your Medical Records
If you find errors in your medical records, it is important to take action to correct them as soon as possible
If you find errors in your medical records, it is important to take action to correct them as soon as possible. Here are the steps you can take to address the errors:
- Notify your healthcare provider: Contact your healthcare provider and inform them of the errors you have identified in your medical records. They may be able to correct the errors quickly and easily.
- Submit a written request: If the errors are not corrected after speaking with your healthcare provider, you can submit a written request to the provider or facility that created the medical record. Be sure to include specific details about the errors and provide any supporting documentation.
- File a complaint: If the errors are not corrected after submitting a written request, you may file a complaint with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The OCR can investigate the matter and take appropriate action to ensure that your medical records are accurate.
- Consider legal action: If the errors have caused harm or have the potential to cause harm, you may want to consider taking legal action to address the issue.
It is important to remember that you have the right to access and control your medical information under HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). By taking prompt action to correct any errors, you can help ensure that your medical records are accurate and complete, which can help you receive the best possible healthcare.