As a benefit of your membership, WAJ wishes to provide you with a copy of WAJ’s Guide to using the HITECH Act (click link below):
HOW THE HITECH ACT CAN HELP YOUR CLIENTS AND SAVE YOU THOUSANDS
The HITECH Act, passed in 2009, entitles patients to a copy of their electronic health records (EHR) at low cost. The law also allows any patient the right to designate that their records be sent to any person of their choosing, including their attorney. The Department of Health and Human Services has been proactive in enforcing these terms to the benefit of consumers and their designated recipients. This document provides a handy guide to get started requesting your client’s health records in electronic format.
Despite the clarity of the law and its regulations, many health care providers and their business associates continue to charge patients and their attorneys unreasonable fees in violation of this law. The document also provides guidance on how to file a complaint with the DHHS Region V office of Civil Rights (Chicago), or any office where your client may live.
Attorneys using the HITECH Act have reported substantial savings in their practices. While this document does not purport to solve every problem that may arise with using the HITECH Act, we hope that you will provide your feedback and experiences in using this law so that all of our membership may benefit.
Thank you for your continued membership and we hope you find this guide useful.
Government Affairs Director
Wisconsin Association for Justice