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Can't get results from sleep study
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My husband took a sleep apnea test and now cant get the results with out taking even more time from work, paying more money for a consult etc. They wont send the results to his doctor or to us, and his doctor wont make the request.

So.. we just spent a lot of money out of pocket and can't get the results. Does anyone know what the rules are on getting your own test results from a sleep study test?

From this experience, I'd say to anyone who's going to do this, FIND OUT EVERYTHING UP FRONT. had we known how much work it would be just to get the results, we wouldnt have done it.
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#2
Where are you located.
In the US they are required to provide you with a copy of your complete sleep study results.
If your doctor won't back you up consider finding a new doctor.
My technique is simple, call early and call often. I called at least once or twice a day to anyone I could identify as causing a roadblock to getting what I wanted. I completed my sleep study on a Wednesday morning and the results in my hand Friday afternoon . Ask nice then become a pest and not just to the resptionist. Talk to the person in charge.
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Hi laurileet,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
What bwexler said.
You need to persist in getting his sleep study information, just keep calling them.
Good luck to you and keep us posted on how things go.
trish6hundred
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I'd call and ask to speak to the office manager there because that sounds ridiculous. I asked my doctor for mine and she emailed it to me in less than two hours.
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#5
Hi laurileet, welocme to the forum
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#6
Why won't your husband's doctor make the request? I think that's the biggest question.

Who ordered/prescribed the sleep study in the first place?

In the US, you do have a right to a copy of your medical records, but you may have to pay a nominal fee to have copies made. If you can't get anywhere with the doctor, ask to speak to the HIPPA privacy officer.

If you want more info on your legal rights, try googling "legal right to medical reocrds." There's a nice page by the US Dept of Health and Human Services titled "Your Medical Records."

Good luck.

(10-31-2013, 01:46 PM)laurileet Wrote: My husband took a sleep apnea test and now cant get the results with out taking even more time from work, paying more money for a consult etc. They wont send the results to his doctor or to us, and his doctor wont make the request.

So.. we just spent a lot of money out of pocket and can't get the results. Does anyone know what the rules are on getting your own test results from a sleep study test?

From this experience, I'd say to anyone who's going to do this, FIND OUT EVERYTHING UP FRONT. had we known how much work it would be just to get the results, we wouldnt have done it.

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If you are in the US, call and speak to the office manager. Mention HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)*. Mention that you know that your health records belong to you and you want a copy of them. That you will NOT take another day off to come get them. That you expect them to either be emailed, faxed, or mailed to you immediately.

Then get another doctor. If he/she or their office will not stand up for you now, then they aren't going to later when you need them to later.

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*HIPPA is designed more to help keep medical records private but it also made it so you can have access to your own records. However, finding information about it and how to use it is difficult but for most medical practices, just having a patient say that they understand what HIPPA is? It's enough to make them jump and do what the patient wants. Having a HIPPA complaint filed is a VERY big deal.
http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/index.html
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#8
Another thought:

You are going to need to see someone to prescribe appropriate equipment. This doctor has to give you your records but he does not have to provide treatment advice or prescriptions for medical equipment.

If your primary doctor is not willing to even request the records, is he willing to provide treatment for sleep apnea? If your husband does have it, he NEEDS to get treated. If your option is choosing between spending time and money on the primary doc vs. the sleep doc, the better option is to see the sleep doc.

I know it's horrible that he's not giving you medical records, but to be quite honest, your primary doctor doesn't sound much better. He won't request your medical records??? He clearly doesn't have your best interests at heart.



(10-31-2013, 01:46 PM)laurileet Wrote: My husband took a sleep apnea test and now cant get the results with out taking even more time from work, paying more money for a consult etc. They wont send the results to his doctor or to us, and his doctor wont make the request.

So.. we just spent a lot of money out of pocket and can't get the results. Does anyone know what the rules are on getting your own test results from a sleep study test?

From this experience, I'd say to anyone who's going to do this, FIND OUT EVERYTHING UP FRONT. had we known how much work it would be just to get the results, we wouldnt have done it.

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#9
If the sleep lab has a website -- find the name of the Chief Privacy Officer. Or, ask for contact info for the Chief Privacy Officer by phone.
Then call, fax, write, or email the Chief Privacy Officer requesting your records under threat of legal consequences.
HIPPA = Health Insurance Privacy and Portability Act. Portability means you get your records in a timely fashion.

And Fire your doctor. He/she is useless.
INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
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#10
This may sound simplistic but I know that most health care facilities will NOT release your records if you request them by phone, email, or even fax. As part of HIPPA you must provide positive identification in person to receive the documents. As has been stated by others, they may charge you a copy fee.

Sometimes you can have your documents sent to you by your personal physician without the need for identification as you already have an established relationship with them but not all physicians will do this.

As to why your doctor will not request the records it is hard to tell. Did your husband take it upon himself to arrange the sleep study? Had his doctor stated that no sleep study was necessary? Was the idea of a sleep study even discussed with his doctor? If your doctor didn't order the sleep study, he or she may feel that your husband went over their head in having the study done.

If you are wondering why I ask all the questions, it's because I am an RN and have learned to investigate all aspects of disputes between patients and physicians. I'm not saying your husband did anything wrong, but the events as stated are very strange.
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