The HITECH Act. Your Medical Records are Your Property.
At times, people need access to their medical records, and for whatever reason, they are unable to retrieve them. Individuals who are unable to obtain transportation, have been sent to different departments and have been told mixed stories on how to achieve their medical records are left confused and defeated. Requesting your medical records is not always an easy task. It can get too frustrating and overwhelming, that most people get lost in the process.
Applying for Social Security Benefits?
Medical evidence serves as the foundation for every disability case. The disability analyst at the Social Security Administration (SSA) will use your records to determine whether or not you are unable to work because of a severe physical or cognitive impairment. And without accurate, timely, and sufficient medical evidence to support your Social Security disability claim, your chances of obtaining benefits is nearly impossible.
By requesting and submitting the records yourself to your disability examiner when you apply (or appeal), you can ensure that all of your medical records are evaluated, and that your disability case will not sit around for months longer than necessary.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim?
In personal injury cases (auto accidents, slip and falls, etc.) it is usually a good idea for you to obtain your own records if you can. At some point in your personal injury claim, you’ll have to request copies of your medical records. They are the foundation of your claim. Your medical records are the most important evidence you can get to back up your demand for settlement.
Some attorneys may request you to bring your medical records with you to an initial consultation. Your medical records can help the attorney determine if a legal claim for compensation makes sense. With our simple online process, you can order your medical records right from the comfort of your home in less than five minutes.
The HITECH Act.
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). ARRA contains incentives related to health care information technology in general and contains specific incentives designed to accelerate the adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems among providers. Because this legislation anticipates a massive expansion in the exchange of electronic protected health information (ePHI), the HITECH Act also widens the scope of privacy and security protections available under HIPAA; it increases the potential legal liability for non-compliance; and it provides for more enforcement.
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