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Under the Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act ( HIPAA for short), one may request their medical records from a physician, including a psychiatrist. Per 5 C.F.R. 164.524(b)
, any medical record and billing related to your file can be requested by the patient in writing and must be received within 30 days of said request. See more here
. Regardless the psychiatrist's office rules, HIPAA overrides them.
The medical file includes their notes, too. This includes psychiatry files. Under HIPAA, psychotherapy/psychiatry notes are defined as "notes recorded in any medium by a mental health professional documenting or analyzing the contents of conversation during a private counseling session."
You can use the sample letter found here
. They must reply in 30 days. If they do not, a complaint may be filed with the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (here
) and the Michigan state's department of regulatory affairs (here
I hope this helps and clarifies. Good luck.
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