Effective September 1, 2009, the changes made by the Texas Legislature regarding the cost of delivery of medical records has gone into effect. Based on the HB no. 4029, a hospital can now not charge more than $75.00 for medical records it they are requested in a digital format. This, regardless of the amount of pages.
The new law, Texas Health and Safety Code 241.151(2) has been amended to read in part as follows:
(3) if the requested records are provided on a digital or other electronic medium and the requesting party requests delivery in a digital or electronic medium, including electronic mail:
(A) a retrieval or processing fee, which may not to exceed $75; and
(B) the actual cost of mailing, shipping, or otherwise delivering the provided copies.
This change should prove to be benficial to those clients whose cases require a lot of medical records.