Your Health Information Rights and Correcting Inaccuracies

Information is available on “Your Health Information Rights” from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. When you visit the links below, you will find information on your rights to access your health records, request an amendment or correction to your health information, and privacy and security.

Easy to Understand Information
http://www.healthit.gov/patients-families/your-health-information-rights

Highly Detailed Information
http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/special/healthit/eaccess.pdf

HIPAA Privacy Rule provides patients with the right to accurate health information & right to request revisions of erroneous information within their medical records (as it relates to the “Correction Principle in the Privacy and Security Framework” – See 45 C.F.R. § 164.526).

Retrieved from:  http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/special/healthit/correction.pdf

CORRECTION PRINCIPLE: Individuals should be provided with a timely means to dispute the accuracy or integrity of their individually identifiable health information, and to have erroneous information corrected or to have a dispute documented if their requests are denied.” In addition, “the covered entity must act timely, usually within 60 days, to correct the record as requested by the individual or to notify the individual the request is denied. When a correction is made, the covered entity must make reasonable efforts to see that the corrected information is provided generally to its business associates, such as a health information organization (HIO), and others who are known to have the PHI.” … “When a request is denied, but the individual continues to dispute the accuracy of the information, the individual must be provided an opportunity to file a statement of disagreement with the covered entity and the covered entity must provide documentation of the dispute with any subsequent disclosure of the disputed PHI.”

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