Are hospital policies the culprit in making data sharing more difficult? A Yale University School of Medicine study suggests that may indeed be the case. The study took a look at more than eighty of the top-ranked hospitals in the country and found concerning “discrepancies” in the information patients were receiving during the process of releasing medical information.
The major issue in the study is how some of the healthcare organizations were showing noncompliance with federal HIPAA regulations. HIPAA allows patients access to receive information regarding their records in a timely manner and these records must be provided in the format the patient prefers, along with a processing fee considered reasonable. Despite these laws being in place, a mere 53 percent of the hospitals participating in the study allowed patients the choice to receive their medical records. On top of that, the data being provided as well the forms detailing which formats the patient could use to request their records showed inconsistencies.
Even more concerning than the inconsistencies was the revelation that over half of the hospitals were charging patients more than $6.50, which is the federally recommended fee. In fact, one hospital charged a massive $500+ for a medical record consisting of 200 pages. Just over forty percent of hospitals failed to disclose their fees on the forms needed for authorization.
To read more about the study and why it matters so much, please visit https://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/hospitals-are-roadblocks-patient-ehr-data-requests-despite-hipaa.
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