What can I expect when collecting PHR information from providers?

When you set out to collect your personal health records (PMRs) from your healthcare providers, it may be helpful to know the following facts about records requests:
  • You will be asked to complete an "authorization for the release of information" form for each provider. The form varies slightly from facility to facility and from state to state.
  • You may be required to show proof of identification, such as a photo ID.
  • You will likely be charged a fee. Most facilities charge for copies. The fee can only include the cost of copying, which includes supplies, labor and postage, if the copy is to be mailed.
You may not receive your records immediately. By law, facilities are allowed up to 60 days to provide records.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.