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Your Medical Records May Contain Dangerous Errors

Older adults have cause to be careful about what’s in their medical records.  The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology estimates that nearly 1 in 10 people who access records online end up requesting that they be corrected for a variety of reasons.

In the worst-case scenario, an incorrect diagnosis, scan or lab result may have been inserted into a record, raising the possibility of inappropriate medical evaluation or treatment.  Omissions from medical records – allergies that aren’t noted, lab results that aren’t recorded, medications that aren’t listed — can be equally devastating.

In less dire scenarios, a patient’s name, address, phone number or personal contacts may be incorrect, making it difficult to reach someone in the event of an emergency or causing a bill to be sent to the wrong location.  Your family history may not be conveyed accurately.  You may not have received a service recorded in your record – for instance, a stress test – and want to contest the bill.

The law that guarantees your right to review your medical record, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, offers some recourse: If you think you’ve discovered an error in your medical record, you have the right to ask for a correction. For more information about how to obtain your record, look here.

Learn more about this topic at Kaiser Health News

 

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