View Full Version : My X-Dr. DID "clean out" my records!
03-31-2009, 08:11 PM
I just got my records today from my dr. i recently said "Goddbye" to. She wasnt taking me seriously enough for years, she forgot about my low white blood cell count,my nosebleeds,other bleeding, arthritis that showed up 10yrs ago,headaches,body aches and my oh so many other symptoms. Shes the dr who said "you're stressed and you have high anxiety Jeannette", Yeah, because of YOU not listening to me! I was told by her that she didnt have the time to piece things together from my records! My husband and i decided ENOUGH! I wish i would have run with the charts in her hand the day we said she wasnt my dr anymore. They "coppied" "all" of my records and sent them to me for the next dr. HAHA What a joke! I have a GREAT specialist who told me "Jeannette, shes going to cleanse them first,thats what bad drs. do to save their a##". Boy did she ever "cleanse" it! She was my dr for 13 yrs and she sent me recors of only the last 3,and even then soooo many things werent there! I couldnt believe it! I am so MAD!!! She picked out what SHE wanted me to have! The very first page states that "Jeannette is very stressed, anxious and seems depressed thats why i believe she THINKS somethings wrong"! She stated that " her and her husband are very irrational about what they THINK is wrong with Jeannette". OMG!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I wanted to go to her office and steal my REAL records(the REST of them too!) and SLAP her in her frigin face! Sorry for the anger, its just i am so sick of these god-like drs. Ijust wanted to warn people that you really dont know what is really being said,not said,recorded,not recorded unless you're lucky enough to have a GOOD GP. I have friends who are nurses and they said they see this ALL the time.
Thanks for listening to me vent!
03-31-2009, 08:20 PM
i can not believe that this dr. did this to you....this just verifies that leaving her was the right thing to do. she sounds so bad, her records are probably worthless, so maybe it is better that you start anew with another dr.
please don't let her get to you.....she obviously doesn't care about you. as a friend of mine says "it is mind over matter....i don't mind cause you don't matter." tell yourself this about her, and don't let her affect you ever again.
i wonder if there is any way to demand the original records....i wonder if we have any rights.
you are great, obviously not irrational. if you are stressed, it is her fault. don't let her beat you....you are the winner, not her.
sick n tired
03-31-2009, 08:29 PM
Whoa...isn't that against the law? Get a lawyer...you have a right to all of your records.
03-31-2009, 08:39 PM
Awww, thank you you guys,that means alot to hear your kind and supportive words. Yeah, my husband said we are going to go to a lawyer when we get settled in to a new dr. I really like the comment about mind over matter Phyllis, so true. I would think its against the law, but she has all the records so its my word against hers i would think. My other dr told me he has his own records and notes from the past 2 yrs at least of all the troubles and concerns of mine with her being lazy as my dr so thats a GREAT thing to have for the courts!He has records of Every time i came to him with a complaint about pain and illness and he would always ask "what the heck did she do for that Jeannette"? He was Always telling me it wasnt normal what was happening to me and how she wasnt paying any attention to it.:wacko:Shes a wacko!
03-31-2009, 08:48 PM
Both the HIPAA Privacy Rule and Ohio law give you rights to your medical record. The HIPAA Privacy Rule sets standards that apply to records held by health care providers across the nation. Ohio law sets standards for records held by doctors, hospitals and other health care providers within the state. Most health care providers must follow both the HIPAA Privacy Rule and Ohio law. If a standard in Ohio law conflicts with a standard in the HIPAA Privacy Rule, your health care provider must follow the law that is the most protective of your rights.
SUMMARY OF YOUR RIGHTS
In Ohio you have the right to:
• See and get a copy of your medical record.
Your health care provider usually must let you see your medical record and/or
give you a copy of it within 30 days after they receive your request.
Your health care provider is allowed to charge you for copying your record. The
fee per page depends on the number of pages copied. You can also be charged
the actual cost for postage or delivery.
• Correct your medical record by having information added to it.
You have the right to have information added to your medical record to make it
more complete or accurate. This right is called the right to amend your record.
• File a complaint.
You have the right to file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services if you believe your health care
provider has violated your right to see, get a copy of, or amend your medical
record. You can also file a complaint with the state agency that regulates your
health care provider.
• Sue in Ohio state court to obtain a copy of your medical record.
You have the right to bring a civil action in Ohio court to obtain your medical
record if your health care provider fails to furnish your record as requested.
For additional info, Jeanette follow the link...http://ihcrp.georgetown.edu/privacy/stateguides/oh/oh.pdf.
03-31-2009, 08:53 PM
there you go, jeannette,
our in-house amazing encyclopedia of knowledge, Oluwa, has given you what you need....now you and your husband go get this fool who is pretending to be a dr.
and take some of the "smiles" with you.
03-31-2009, 08:59 PM
WOW THANKS Oluwa!!! YOu ARE quite the encyclopedia!!! My husbands VERY impressed and happy you gave us this info! THE WAR IS ON!!!!:fighting0036:
03-31-2009, 09:36 PM
You're welcome, Jeannette...
sick n tired
03-31-2009, 09:37 PM
Goodness Oluwa...have you ever thought about being a lawyer? Your research is great....
and of course many of us have said you should write a book...I will be at the first book signing...just let me know.
I just got done reading a story from Teri about a Dr/rheumo who is totally incompetent and negligent, and now I read this. Kinda makes me want to take a frigging flamethrower to these scumbags. In ancient Rome, incompetent lying public servants in positions like this were fed to the lions. I don't know if it's the law in all 50 states, but here in Maine, the "cleansing" or willful altering of a persons medical records for personal gain (read CYA) by anyone employed in the healthcare industry, is a Felony that can get you 5 years in the klink, not to mention losing all of your licenses to practice. I say get a lawyer, load for bear Jeanette, and go after this fraud with a vengeance. Grrrr. Go get em!
P.S. Oluwa, have I told you lately that you are awesome?
I forgot to mention that it's not necessarily your word against hers. Before my father retired, one of his specialties was forensic document analysis and he was also a handwriting comparison expert. You would be surprised what is hidden in plain sight in records and documents that have been altered or "cleansed". This person may think that she's altered your records cleanly, and without any trace of modification, but she probably left behind all sorts of mistakes. I think you have a pretty strong case, and I'd be willing to bet that with the right legal representation, you could win this.
04-01-2009, 07:13 AM
I feel so bad for you and to think that this terrible Dr. was "your" Dr. for such a long time. I would consider finding a good lawyer that may be able to get retribution for you.
The good thing is now you have a new Dr. who seems to really care about you and your health. Again, I really feel for you for I know what it is like to have had a terrible Dr.
I had one once who accused me of using a coathanger to abort my baby! I would never
have done anything like that. First of all, I wasn't raised that way, and that would never have entered my mind. Later, it was found I had a bicornuate uterus. It was kind of like a congential built in IUD which I had had since birth. It caused me to loose my babies
04-01-2009, 12:10 PM
You're all too kind..I just got the Google skill....
Hugs and loves..Oluwa
04-01-2009, 12:14 PM
I am sorry! but I know exactly the heck ur went thru! Keep perservering my friend! hugs kathy
04-02-2009, 12:14 PM
Thanks Rob! And Drinkofwatr i am so sorry for the terriable thing you went through! What an awful thing for a dr to say!
By the way Rob and/or anyone else listening, i went to her for 13yrs and not to get any but the last 3 is making me evevn that much angrier. How do i go about getting the rest? I honestly want to go over there and confront he rbut i dont know what they will say and/or do. My husband is stil so furious he cant talk about it yet because he wants to go take a bat to her when he thinks about it. SO FRUSTRATING! I have REALLT important things from 10 yrs ago that arent in my posetion, how dare SHE pick and choose what to give me and to top it all off by saying im just depressed,high anxiety and stressed. UGH!:skeptical:
04-09-2009, 11:26 AM
In Ohio the law reads....
There is no set rule in Ohio for how long medical doctors or hospitals have to keep their medical records. However, state law may require other health care providers to keep your medical record for a certain period of time. For example, chiropractors in Ohio must keep their treatment records at least five (5) years after a patient ends his care. Many health care providers keep their records longer.
You have a right to see, get a copy of, and amend your medical record for as long as your health care provider has it.
(Amend means add to it....)
Regarding her notes...
You have the right to see and get a copy of your medical record. You
also have the right to correct your medical record by having information
added to it to make it more complete or accurate. This right is called the
right to amend your record.
Your medical record includes such things as:
• Information that identifies you, such as your name and Social Security number.
• Information that you tell your doctor, such as:
o Your medical history.
o How you feel at the time of your visit.
o Your family health history.
• The results of your examination.
• Test results.
• Treatment received in a hospital.
• Medicine prescribed.
• Notes that your doctor takes about you.
• Other information about things that can affect your health or health care.
You have the right to get and amend these records whether they are kept on paper or
on a computer.
So, you can only amend your record by adding to it, but not taking away from it....like her comments for instance.
Hope this helps...
Refer to the link in the earlier post of mine...or use this one for a continuous read... http://ihcrp.georgetown.edu/privacy/stateguides/oh/ohguide.html
04-09-2009, 02:57 PM
Thank you sooo much Oluwa! WOW, it HELPS MORE than you know! You are such a big help! Rob gave me some good ideas too. Now that im settled in to a dr who HAS diagnosed me Carl wants to hit the ground running to go after my old dr. He wants my health and care to come first he said, ive been getting alot worse lately and its scareing us both.The new dr pulled those records from 11yrs ago when R Arthritis showed up, she said "i can get those right from the labs,we dont need her record,its in their system as well!" We were soooo happy! She tried telling me (along with my old rheumy who said its just fibro and stress) that arthritis from 98 never was there! Carl and i are sooooooo Happy to have a diagnosis(she thhinks alot mores wrong with me too),it took us 3 yrs to get here,11 if you count some symptoms back then to piece together. Thank you again!:yes:
04-09-2009, 04:54 PM
hooray for you and carl.
your story brings hope to many people who continue to struggle with a dr. Jeannette, you are such a nice person, and i hope you are celebrating finding your new dr.
enjoy my friend,
04-11-2009, 10:46 AM
OHHHHH, THANK YOU so much PHYLLIS! WE are definately celebrating! It means soooo much to have someone to look at you and say "well duh, of course youre sick, who cant see that"! WELL, unfortunately my dr. for oh, about 11yrs! Ya just gotta keep truckin along even when you think you'll never get there!! "Never give up, never surrender"! LOL :laugh: