Exercise your rights under HIPAA and learn to be diligent in tracking your medical records.
Lana Barhum is a legal assistant, patient advocate, freelance writer, blogger, and single parent. She has lived with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia since 2008 and uses her experiences to share expert advice on living successfully with chronic illness.
It is 7:00 a.m. on a Monday morning, and you are getting ready for an appointment with a new medical provider. Do you know where your medical records are? If they are not in your possession, you might have a problem.
It is important to keep an accurate record of your medical records in your possession and in a place you can locate at a moment’s notice. This is the only way to have true proof of your health and every doctor who treats you. Take charge to keep this information up-to-date and make sure it includes all health conditions, imaging studies, lab results, and information regarding procedures, doctor notes, and any surgeries.