Patients right to medical chart?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by labrat59, Apr 3, 2006.

  1. labrat59

    labrat59 New Member

    I am in the process of having my medical chart sent to my new PCP, was wondering why I can't pick it up and deliver to the new doctor. The release form says they will mail it to my new doctor.
    [This Message was Edited on 04/03/2006]
  2. livin4him

    livin4him New Member

    Anytime I go to the doctor, I go ahead and sign a release form to myself stating that I want a copy of my medical records mailed to me. And I always mark everything, copies of lab reports, x-rays, etc. That way, when I want it all I have to do is call and they will look in my charts to see that I have signed a release form and they will mail it to me.

    If you don't have this, you can write your own letter stating your name, birthdate, etc. and what you want and where to mail it to. Sign and date it. You can get their fax number for the medical records department and just fax it to them for quicker response.

    That way you can just take it to the doctor yourself.

    Hope this helps.
  3. futurehope

    futurehope New Member

    I have had this problem too.

    I have had to fill out a release form to send my records to another Doctor too. But, I believe that they will fax them also if you request.

    On the other hand, sometimes I just request copies for myself and fill out the form.

    I take them to the other Doc. myself and keep my original copies.

    That way, I won't have to go thru this stupid mess every time I have to go to another specialist. The work can pile up going from town to town just to fill out a stupid release form. Be prepared though, some offices make you pay for the copies if you want them for yourself. But I believe it is the better route to go in the long run.

    I know that some Doctors are picky and some are not.

    Supposidly, if the Doctor that referred you to the Doctor you are requesting papers from, they should be automatically sending the records to the first Doctor (hope that makes sense).

    It is a mess, but I hope this helps you!!

    Brenda
  4. amymb74

    amymb74 New Member

    of all your records if you can. I learned this the hard way. My doc, who had all of my records of the past 12 years, closed & I have been trying to find them for the past month. Everywhere I call either has no idea or gives me a number of someplace that also has no idea. I finally wrote a letter to his house but no response. I'm really worried if I get a disability review. AMY
  5. 69mach1

    69mach1 New Member

    copy of it...the dr's need their evidence if something should need to e reviewed...

    jodie
  6. suzetal

    suzetal New Member

    When I'm leaving and making my next appointment I ask for a copy of what ever note the doctor made during my visit...........This way I always have a copy at home for ssd or LTD.

    I have never had a problem getting them .But all doctors are not alike.

    Sue