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HIPAA Q&A: Handling electronic copies of records, minimizing incidental disclosures

HIM Briefings, March 1, 2015

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Q: I work in long-term care and I am familiar with the language in HIPAA regulations regarding requests for electronic copies of medical records for a reasonable fee according to community standards. However, my company does not maintain its medical records in electronic form, nor do we presently have the capability of converting our paper records into electronic format. Our state legislature addressed the issue of "reasonable charges and community standards" by state statute in 2006 by providing a formula for every medical provider to follow state-wide for copy charges regarding paper copies.

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