Obtaining Your Medical Records in Maine
Medical records tell the story of your injury. Sometimes medical records are wrong or incomplete and need to be amended. It is important to move quickly to obtain your medical records. How can you expedite a request for medical records?
You are entitled to a copy of your medical records under Maine Law. The charge for copies of medical and hospital records is set by Maine law, and may not exceed $10.00 for the first page and .35 for each additional page (22 MRSA §1711-A).
You should request your medical records in writing.
The letter request (and it should be a letter request) can be mailed or faxed and must include:
- The correct address of the medical provider or hospital or nursing home. That might be different from the physical address of the medical provider.
- A signed and dated authorization. At Briggs & Wholey we have the forms you will need to obtain your records before you come to meet with our attorneys.
- A request for the certified complete chart. Make clear to ask for the entire chart, and specifically state that you want all records that are in the chart, including those created by or provided from other facilities or health care providers.
- The patient’s name, date of birth and social security number.
- The reference to Maine law by the numbered title, which will encourage the facility to take the request more seriously.
If you take these steps you’ve set yourself up for speedy retrieval of records that might otherwise take weeks to obtain.
Alison A. Wholey Briggs, RN Esq./Briggs & Wholey