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How Do I Get My VA Medical Records?

Older adults have a lot going on. Between doctor appointments, managing medications and therapies, and trying to stay active and social, it can be tough to keep track of everything. So if you’re an older adult and you need your VA medical records, here’s what you need to know.  

All you need to do is log onto the VA website and create an account. Once you’ve done that, you can access the VA record portal and request copies of your medical records. As a veteran, you’re entitled to receive a complete copy of your VA medical records from any VA healthcare facility.

We’ll walk you through the process of requesting your records and provide some tips to make the process as smooth as possible. Keep reading for all the details.

Does the VA Already Have My Military Medical Records?

Veterans Affairs may already have a copy of your military medical records, but they are not always complete. It’s essential to request a VA-issued copy so that you have the most accurate and up-to-date version of your VA medical record available. You can get your VA medical records by logging into the VA record portal and submitting an official request. This will ensure that you receive the appropriate documentation for Veterans Affairs benefits or other VA health care services. Keeping an updated and organized VA medical record is critical to ensuring quality care and maximizing VA benefits. If you need help requesting your VA records, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local Veterans Affairs office for assistance.

How Long Does VA Keep Medical Records?

Medical records must be kept for at least five years after the patient is discharged. In addition, records of anyone under the age of 18 years old must be kept for a minimum of five years after they turn 18. VA also keeps a copy of medical records indefinitely in its electronic VA health record system. This is done to provide ongoing care and benefits to our veterans.

Can I Get My Military Medical Records Online?

You can have access to your medical records online.VA is committed to providing veterans with access to their VA medical records from the convenience of their own homes. You can request copies of your VA medical records through VA’s Record Portal or have them transferred to another VA facility. In addition, you are entitled to a complete copy of your VA healthcare service history, including VA exams, treatments, VA prescriptions, and other VA healthcare services. 

Veterans need to keep their VA medical records up-to-date and accessible. To get started, create an account on the Veterans Affairs website and log in to access the Record Portal. From there, you can easily request access or transfer of your records! Don’t forget: Your VA record tells the story of your VA health care and is essential in helping VA provide you with the best possible care.

What Happens to My VA Claim if the VA Can’t Find My Medical Records?

Even if multiple attempts to locate the lost medical evidence have failed, you can still win your VA disability case if you can uncover other evidence of the accident or treatment. The documents and other pieces of evidence in your file may help to support your claim that an event occurred, especially if there is a sudden drop-off in health or leave from duty. VA experts may also be able to use VA medical records from other VA facilities or Veterans Affairs organizations to piece together a picture of your health history.

You can also submit affidavits and statements from friends, family members, and colleagues who might have witnessed the event that caused your injury. Ultimately, VA disability claims involve considering all the evidence in the case before deciding on its merit. Therefore, with thorough documentation of your VA medical records and any additional evidence, you will have the greatest chance for success with your VA disability claim.

Requesting copies of your VA health care facility records as soon as possible is key if you plan to file a VA disability claim in the future. Veterans Affairs is always ready to help you understand and access your VA medical records. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact them for assistance.

How Long Does it Take to Get Military Medical Records?

The VA takes requests for VA medical records very seriously. However, depending on the type of request and the amount of information requested, it can take anywhere from 5 to 10 days to receive your VA medical records. To help expedite the process, you should ensure all required documentation is included in your request and provide as much detail as possible about what records you need.

Additionally, Veterans Affairs recommends keeping an up-to-date copy of your VA medical records on file so they are readily accessible when needed. Veterans need to stay organized and keep their VA medical record information up-to-date.

Does the VA Share Medical Records With Social Security?

Social Security used to receive paper records from the VA, which often took weeks or months. The newly formed partnership between Social Security and the VA will allow for Veterans’ health information to be sent electronically within minutes. This will help improve the processing time for VA disability benefits. Veterans must request that their VA medical records be transferred to Social Security using VA Form 21-4142, Authorization and Consent to Release VA Medical Records. You must provide all of the necessary information on this form for your VA medical records to be accessed by Social Security.

Once the form is submitted, the VA will release your VA medical records directly to Social Security. You can also contact your local VA healthcare facility if you have questions about transferring or accessing your VA medical records. With this new partnership between Social Security and the VA, you can rest assured knowing that your VA medical records are quickly accessible and up-to-date to get the VA disability benefits you deserve. Please get in touch with your VA healthcare practitioner if you want guidance or have any issues. VA and Social Security are working to make accessing VA medical records easier than ever.

What Medical Record System Does the VA Use?

The Veterans Affairs Department utilizes the joint health information exchange (HIE), which allows for the two-way sharing of health records with outside organizations. The HIE is connected to nearly 70% of community providers in the U.S. as of May 2021. Community providers can connect to the joint HIE by integrating their approved EHR systems with eHealth Exchange or CommonWell Health Alliance networks.

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