Patient’s Guide to HIPAA

Patient’s Guide to HIPAA – Basic Rights: Why Both Inspect and Copy?

Roadmap: Patient’s Guide to HIPAA: Part 2: Basic Patient Rights: Right to Inspect and Copy Your Record (FAQ 18 of 65)

HIPAA provides each patient with the right to inspect his or her record and to have a copy of the record. These are two different things. You cannot be charged a fee if you want to inspect your records. This means that you can always see your record, even if you don’t want to pay.

Patient’s Guide to HIPAA – Basic Rights: How Much Will It Cost For a Copy of My Medical Record?

Roadmap: Patient’s Guide to HIPAA: Part 2: Basic Patient Rights: Right to Inspect and Copy Your Record (FAQ 21 of 65)

A covered entity can charge a reasonable, cost-based fee for providing a copy. The fee may include only the cost of labor for copying, the cost of supplies for creating the paper copy or electronic media, and the cost of postage. Any other copying charges – including but not limited to administrative fees, overhead, retrieval costs for locating data – are improper. Charges for inspecting a record are improper, even if the covered entity says that it had to make a copy for you to inspect. Charges for a summary or for an explanation are permissible if you ask for a summary or explanation.

Patient’s Guide to HIPAA – Basic Rights: How Do I Make a Request for Access?

Roadmap: Patient’s Guide to HIPAA: Part 2: Basic Patient Rights: Right to Inspect and Copy Your Record (FAQ 22 of 65)

Start by reviewing the covered entity’s copy of the notice of privacy practices. Remember that every covered entity must provide a copy of its notice to anyone who asks for one. In addition, a copy should be available on the website of each covered entity (if the covered entity has a website).