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Healthc Financ Manage. 2003 Dec;57(12):36-40.

HIPAA copy charges for medical records.

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First Class Solutions, Inc., St. Louis, USA.


The HIPAA privacy rule allows providers to charge for providing copies of medical records to patients and their representatives. Providers need to know which activities in the retrieval and handling of such information can be included in the medical record copy charges. State-mandated fees for copies vary and may be preempted by HIPAA, requiring careful review by providers. Healthcare organizations that use a copy service may need to determine whether bringing the activity in house would be more cost-effective under HIPAA.

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