Looking up HIPPA policies

HIPAA regulation is something that has been in the news a lot lately. Unless you’ve been living under a rock somewhere, you’ve heard about all of the issues that many hospitals in our country have been having when it comes to HIPAA regulations and maintaining patient privacy and things of that nature. Well, it turns out that HIPAA regulations can actually be pretty difficult to navigate. That’s especially true if you aren’t familiar with the medical field and all of the words and terminology that HIPAA laws and HIPAA documents contain. A few months ago, I needed to get some of my patient medical records from my OBGYN and the staff at his office refused to give me my records. I wasn’t really sure why they wouldn’t since they were my own personal records! It’s not like I was asking for someone else’s records! I completely agree that medical information should be completely private, but I also think that a person should have access to their own personal medical information, HIPAA laws or no HIPAA laws! Do you know what I mean? I don’t think I should get the proverbial runaround from my OB’s office when his entire file on me is my information! I just think that’s crazy. Anyway, I looked up HIPAA risk assessment regulations and I found out that the law does give patients the right to get copies of all of their medical records, even if the doctor doesn’t want to provide them! I called back to the OB’s office and told them that I knew that I had a right to get my records according to the HIPAA analysis law and then they handed my file right over.