Ditto, Cathy!!! Wow.......I'm so glad to hear I'm not alone! (Although, doesn't that just take the cake?)
Well, I basically "gagged" them (legally speaking). Under HIPAA, you can withdraw any and ALL authorization for them to share your medical records with ANYONE, including speaking verbally
with anyone regarding your medical records (and I also invoked the Federal Privacy Act, too, not to mention here in Tennessee, there are a few additional ones to protect medical privacy), and you're right. After this, I am going to ask to read what the doctor writes down after each visit also. They are all paid up by the insurance (we're self-insured here anyway), and I have all the copies of the records for any purposes needed.
And I also thought about writing a correction via addendum, etc., but you know what? I'm taking all three sets in total to the next physician, and I'm not saying a word. Once anybody with half a brain reads the drastic differences between all three doctors in one sitting, they'll see it all in all of its glaring detail. I mean, which physician will the new doctor believe? I'm going to remain "mum", as they say. If the new physician suggests we start from scratch, then that will tell me that I've got a physician who can see what I see. It's all a mish-mash and some of it verges on actual medical mal.
If they (the medical industry) thought I was hard to deal with before
(that's why they were writing all that crap in the first place, I think........because of my legal background, so they wanted to damage my credibility just a hair - just in case), just wait NOW! Talk about breach of trust!
But, how can you prove it, ya know? Besides, the way they have some things written, if I protest too
much (as the saying goes), it will only make me look worse and in some cases, might even play into their hands.
So...........nope. I'm not that dumb.
Cathy, with your legal background also, I think we "scare" them somewhat, so they start the good ole "CYA" (cover the butt) before they are even threatened or need to! That's my theory anyway, because I'd hate to believe that they really ARE that dumb.
Yep.........utilize your rights!! (Just be prepared for physicians to hate you doing so........
Cathy, where have you been all these past months? I could have used your support here for the past year!
EDIT: Cathy.........just as further explanation. You're right. The physical records don't belong to you, but the "information" in them DOES belong to the patient! hehe........ I researched until I found what I knew had to be there.
SECOND EDIT: Oh, and the above particularly appears to apply to physicians you have discharged and whom are no longer treating you (which I did do....I discharged them and gagged them at the same time.) AND any notes specifically referring to anything psychological at all is doubley protected!