Part 2: Basic Patient Rights (FAQ 44 of 65)
Right to Receive an Accounting of Disclosures
44. Do I have Greater Rights under State Laws, Other Federal Laws, or Hospital Policies?
Maybe. A few states may have health privacy laws that require health care institutions to maintain better accounting records or to disclose more accounting records to you. If your records are held by the federal government (e.g., Medicare or VA), your rights to have a copy of an accounting under the Privacy Act of 1974 will be greater than under HIPAA. These two sets of privacy rules overlap.
The website of the Georgetown University Center on Medical Record Rights and Privacy at hpi.georgetown.edu/privacy/records.html has information on state laws about access and correction of medical information. Beware that the information at this website may not be current.