Determine the Names and Addresses of All Medical Providers
Often if you have been hospitalized, multiple medical care providers will have provided service. These providers will have a separate file for you that may be different from the actual hospital chart. You must determine their identity. This can usually be done by looking at the billing.
Sign A HIPPA Release
You must sign a legal document called a HIPPA Release to obtain your documents and present it to the records custodian of the records you want.
Although you are entitled to you medical records, most providers will require payment. Some states such as Arkansas have laws that set the maximun amount you can be charged for copies of your records.
Once you obtain your records it is important to go through them and number each page so you can keep the records in order. Often a service like Staples will do this for you and bind your records for a nominal fee.