Florida Doctors Weigh Higher Costs For Medical Record Copies

Kyle Murphy | EHR Intelligence | August 2, 2013

A hearing in Florida is considering a petition to increase the costs of reproducing patient medical records scheduled to begin Friday morning at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Deerfield Beach, according to the Tampa Bay Times. (Apparently, the Blue Button has yet to come to this part of the Sunshine State.)

Jodie Tillman is reporting that a full meeting of the Florida Board of Medicine is set to consider a petition from a lobbyist for HealthPort Technologies, a company which specializes in the proper release of protected health information (PHI), asking to amend a state rule 64B8-10.003, “Costs of Reproducing Medical Records.”

The original rule sets the “reasonable costs of reproducing copies” of patient medical records at one dollar per page for the first 25 pages and 25 cents per page for any following pages. The rule does not apply to radiology records, which bear the actual cost of reproducing X-rays and the like.