Part 2: Basic Patient Rights (FAQ 29 of 65)
Right to Request Amendment
29. How Do I Make a Request for Amendment?
One way to start is by obtaining a copy of the notice of privacy practices. You may already have a copy. If not, each HIPAA covered entity must provide a copy of its notice to anyone who asks for one. In addition, a copy should be available on the website of each covered entity (if the covered entity has a website). The notice of privacy practices describes your rights, including your right to ask for an amendment. The covered entity's notice will tell you where to submit your request for amendment.
You might be asked to write a letter or fill out a form to make your request for amendment. You might be asked to tell the record keeper what information is wrong or is not about you. You may have to explain why you want the amendment.
When you make a request, the covered entity must act on your request within 60 days. The entity can take an additional 30 days to act if it provides you with a written explanation of the delay.