There's been a lot of publicity over the privacy aspect of HIPAA but surprisingly little about how HIPAA can help people control the content of their medical records. I strongly urge everyone to read their medical records and check to see what sort of initial reports/notes any doctor new to you is making. I've found my records to be full of errors and omissions, many of can (and already have) impeded getting adequate care. HIPAA gives us the right to request amendments to our records. If the provider refuses to make the amendments we request, we can appeal. And if they refuse on appeal, they MUST append our appeals to our medical records -- which means that one way or another, we can get the truth into our records.