Proposed Law in South Carolina Would Limit EMR Copying Charges | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Proposed Law in South Carolina Would Limit EMR Copying Charges

April 14, 2014
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

A law in South Carolina would limit the amount providers in the state can charge patients for receiving a copy of their electronic medical record (EMR).

The bill was introduced in the South Carolina House of Representatives last week and would limit providers to charing a per page rate of 10 cents. Currently, the law sets the rate at 65 cents per page. This rate, which has a rate of 50 cents per page after the first 30 pages, was enacted by the South Carolina Physicians' Patient Records Act in 1992.

The new bill, which is said to have support in the State's House of Representatives, would impose a maximum rate of $150 for a digital copy of their medical record and $250 for a hard copy. There would also be a clerical fee of $20 for producing the record. It was introduced by South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell who said it was ridiculous that hospitals could still charge patients 65 cents per page. If it passes the House, it must get approval by the Senate and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to become law.

The rate is similar to other states, such as Vermont, which requests its patients pay 50 cents per page. A report commissioned by the State of Vermont found that the State of Rhode Island has the highest rates at $2.00 per page, while California has the lowest at 10 cents per page. A few states, like Idaho and Alaska, do not regulate these prices.

Read the source article at The Post and Courier

Topics

News

NewYork-Presbyterian, Walgreens Partner on Telemedicine Initiative

NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens are collaborating to bring expanded access to NewYork-Presbyterian’s healthcare through new telemedicine services, the two organizations announced this week.

ONC Releases Patient Demographic Data Quality Framework

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) developed a framework to help health systems, large practices, health information exchanges and payers to improve their patient demographic data quality.

AMIA, Pew Urge Congress to Ensure ONC has Funding to Implement Cures Provisions

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) have sent a letter to congressional appropriators urging them to ensure that ONC has adequate funding to implement certain 21st Century Cures Act provisions.

Former Michigan Governor to Serve as Chair of DRIVE Health

Former Michigan Governor John Engler will serve as chair of the DRIVE Health Initiative, a campaign aimed at accelerating the U.S. health system's transition to value-based care.

NJ Medical Group Launches Statewide HIE, OneHealth New Jersey

The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) recently launched OneHealth New Jersey, a statewide health information exchange (HIE) that is now live.

Survey: 70% of Providers Using Off-Premises Computing for Some Applications

A survey conducted by KLAS Research found that 70 percent of healthcare organizations have moved at least some applications or IT infrastructure off-premises.