Below is the Missouristate statute which controls the amount of money that doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers can charge for copies of medical records provided to the patient or the patient’s attorney for use in personal injury or wrongful death civil cases. Note that there may be other statutes which pertain to workers’ compensation claims, Social Security disability matters, etc.
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Missouri Revised Statutes §191.227
Records in Paper Form:
- A handling fee of $25.51
- Fee of $0.59 per page for copies of documents made on a standard photocopy machine
- $23.88 for additional costs if records are maintained off-site
- Providers may charge for the reasonable cost of all duplications of medical record material or information which cannot routinely be copied or duplicated on a standard copy machine.
Digital (Electronic) Records:
- Same rates as above, or $111.79 total, whichever is less, for copies provided electronically.
Provides that effective February 1st of each year, the handling fee and per page fee will be increased or decreased based on the annual percentage change in the unadjusted, U.S. city average, annual average inflation rate of the medical care component of the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers (CPI-U).
If you are aware of an additional or different medical records copying costs statute which should be posted for this state, please send a link to the relevant statute to Tom Lamb.
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