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#1

Can the IC walk into any medical facility and ask for your records?
Several months ago I paid out of my own pocket to see an arthritis specialist just to make sure I didn't have other condiditions other than the carpal tunnel plus RSI that I have. I signed releases only to my treating Drs.and made sure not to worker's comp.The IC was there today asking for my files, the center quickly called me and told me they we there. Heck, I never got copies from them or my treating Drs. I Paniced thinking that I haven't been keeping up on things after reading lots of posts here.I quickly got on the phone and ask that they be sent to me.
Any suggestions about putting together files for you own information.
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#2

They are not "your" records even though they are about you. You didn't pay to create them or keep them.  You don't own them. You have some control over who has access to them.  With some limits you can give yourself access to them.
I'm sure the insurance company didn't go copy them personally. They had a copy service. The best way is to have them send you a copy as well. If you have an attorney it's usually sent to them automatically.

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#3

Since it is a wc claim - you  most likely signed a release of information form at the time of the injury - if You did not then legally they still can not get your records without the release form in some states.  If they send it to you then limit the information to the area of injury only.  I.e. if it was to the back - then write on the "OTHER" line all information pertaining to treatment of the back.  Like they say - once your on wc your medical records are no longer covered under the Hipaa act, however, doctors offices still want to cover their butts hence the release forms are needed.  Not to mention many states still have laws that require a signed release by the patient for the files to be released or a court order. But anything to show your cooperating may help as well - hence a signed released with some limitations - see the next paragraph

Also write in who is authorized to receive the information so they aren't sending out the forms to a doctor to use to get your records for a record reveiw.  So make sure you fill in the IC name.  (Trust me the IC tried this on me and my doctor didn't comply to their doctor because he was not authorized.)

As far as getting copies of your own records, it is a good idea to get copies of your records as well - this includes even from the doctors that WC sends you to.  All offices have the release of medical information forms that you can sign there, some will mail them to you, others will give you copies there if the file is not that thick and you don't mind waiting.   Sometimes, if you call a couple days in advance, they can have it ready for you to pick up when you sign the release.
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#4

If you paid a Private Doctor, that isn't or hasn't been treating you for Work Comp, or your injury, that medical Office can not release medical information then, unless you sign a formal Consent form.

Medical records from Medical Offices that you have been seen by, and sent to by the Work Comp Insurance is allowed those medical records.

Now if you went to a Private Doctor, and asked that your Records be forward to the Doctor Work Comp has been paying, then you also then allowed WC to access those records.

And yes, every time you see a Doctor, or get any type X-ray, MRI, Ct Scans, you should obtain copies of all them, including the X-ray Reports written up. You should keep all your records.

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#5

Where I,m at If anyone want,s your med. record,s you MUST have them sign a CONSENT To RELEASE FORM.

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#6

here also you have to sign a release.....my lawyer has several signed releases and they (IC) must ask for each doc and they are filled out to each doc for each area ie back or leg or neck.....while I have nothing to hide it isnt any of their bees wax how long any of my labors were or how fast I dialated for each child....And somthing else I had 3 birth children and only had a epadural with the first the other two was a la natural....and now cant get thru one day without pain relief.....go figure

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#7

would going to a doctor of your lawyers choice for an IME give them the right to get the records also? just wondering.

bi-lateral cts and cUts, both right and left cts surgery rh., open-release, 11/30/2005 ulnar nerve transpositon surgery, rh. 12/03/2006 cts surgery, endoscopic release and ulnar nerve transposition surgery, lh. 01/03/2007
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#8

If it's work comp related, I'm sure your Attorney would share such information, if it were in your favor, and then again, I would think you would want that.

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#9

i'm all in favor for ANYTHING that helps my case!!!! lol now i sit and play the waiting game...........and i'm not a very patient person. almost three years now and still fighting for everything with the IC.

bi-lateral cts and cUts, both right and left cts surgery rh., open-release, 11/30/2005 ulnar nerve transpositon surgery, rh. 12/03/2006 cts surgery, endoscopic release and ulnar nerve transposition surgery, lh. 01/03/2007
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#10


Don't feel to bad, for I'm going on year 7. After a while you become patient. it will work out someday, but when one just never knows. But the most important thing of it all, is getting the proper treatment, and getting better. Or getting good as you can get. That's what counts.

Reply's are intended solely for informational purposes. They are based on personal opinions, experience, or research and are "not to be taken as fact or legal advice", otherwise, always consult an attorney or a doctor.
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