es, an Authorization for Use or Disclosure of Protected Health Information release must be filled out by the patient or personal representative for the patient. You can click here to obtain the release form or you may stop by our office Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
No, Texas law and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) require that a release form be filled out correctly, signed and dated prior to medical records being released. Only the patient or his/her personal representative may sign the release form.
No, the release form is very specific as to who is receiving copies of the medical records. The only individual that can pick up the copy of the medical records is the person listed on the release form.
A certified death certificate must be brought to the PMH Medical Records department, and the medical record must state next-of-kin. For families trying to obtain copies of medical records for the deceased, the first person authorized is the spouse. If the spouse is not living, then the children are next-of-kin.