Confidentiality, Privacy and Security

Releasing medical records

  • 1.  Releasing medical records

    Posted 10-21-2019 13:47
    Hi everyone,

    I am hoping someone can answer my question. Is there a law stating medical records cannot be release until the chart is complete (no deficiencies).
    I am not finding anything regarding this issue at hand.

    Thanks in advance.

    Victoria Maans
    Him Manager/Privacy Officer

  • 2.  RE: Releasing medical records

    Posted 10-22-2019 08:55
    I am not aware of any actual regulation - I believe it is more of a traditional best practice.

    Nancy Davis, MS, RHIA, CHPS
    Director of Compliance & Safety
    Door County Medical Center

  • 3.  RE: Releasing medical records

    Posted 10-22-2019 09:23
    I also don't believe there is any law in regards to this, but that you should hold requests for legal purposes for completion. We don't hold for continue care or patient requests, unless specifically requested. Then we also have to monitor the 30 day limitation and send out a letter if we do end up having to hold over that time frame.

    Aimee Barta , RHIT
    Sr. Release of Information Specialist