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How To Correct Inaccurate Information In Your Medical Record

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To correct inaccurate information:

  • If you can, speak with the person who wrote the incorrect entry and ask that it be corrected.
  • If a doctor says he or she can't change your records because of medical professionals are not supposed to change a medical record,  ask that the change be done in such a way that the incorrect information is crossed out, yet still legible. Then the correct information can be written in, with the addition of a date and an explanation about why the change was made. For example: "Changed because it was discovered the entry was not accurate."
  • If the doctor or facility refuses to make the change, a note should at least be included about your version of the facts.

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