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Jul262013

« DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ADOPTS UPDATED RULE ON ALLOWABLE FEES FOR DUPLICATION OF HEALTH RECORDS »

Last week, the Department of Health announced a change in the allowable fees health care providers may charge for duplicating patient records. The new rule amends WAC 246-08-400, which outlines the duplication and clerical fees a health practitioner may charge patients requesting records.

The rule was adopted and filed following a public hearing held on June 5, 2013 at the DOH offices in Tumwater, WA. The rule was filed with the Code Reviser's Office on July 1, 2013.

The updated fees are as follows:

     * No more than $1.09 per page for the first 30 pages
     * No more than $0.82 per page for all additional pages

DOH typically revises record duplication rules every two years. The former rules which were established in 2011 expired on June 30, 2013. A complete copy of the updated version of WAC 246-08-400 can be viewed here.

More information about patient records can be found at WSDASource.org. Should you have any additional regulatory questions, please contact WSDA Government Affairs Coordinator, Mike Walsh at 800-448-3365 or by email at michael@wsda.org.

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