McKnights had an interesting article about the cost of getting a copy of your own medical records.  Long-term care providers that charge people to access their electronic health records might be violating federal law, according to the American Health Information Management Association.  The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requires healthcare providers to furnish patients with paper or electronic copies of their EHR on request. The providers are allowed to charge only the related labor and supply costs, but many are not calculating their charges using these criteria, according to a recent survey done by the AHIMA Foundation and Texas State University.

The rates might violate HIPAA even if they seem to be reasonable, emphasized author Kim Murphy-Abdouch, MPH, RHIA, FACHE, of the Health Information Management Department at Texas State University. About 65% of respondents said they charge less than $1.00 per page, she noted.

The majority of survey respondents were affiliated with hospitals or integrated delivery systems, but long-term care also was represented. Click here for the complete report.



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