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Patient access to medical records hobbled by poor hospital compliance

Cost and processing hurdles placed by US hospitals continue to interfere with patients' access to their medical records, according a report in JAMA Network Open. The authors surveyed 83 hospitals from 29 states and found that many of the institutions failed to comply with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act standards meant to ensure patient access to medical information within 30 days in the format of their choice at a reasonable cost.

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