2008 Regular Session . June 11, 2008
Quick Action Needed
One more chance to get language into law that limits what the health care providers and copy services can charge when supplying medical records. HB 895 by Rep. Hunter Greene would do this. The bill passed the House easily but was lost in Senate Health Committee. Monday, the House amended the language of HB 895 onto SB 332 by Sen. Francis Thompson and that Senate bill is up for concurrence by the Senate in House amendments. The vote will probably come tomorrow (Thursday, June 12).
CALL YOUR SENATOR IN SUPPORT OF CONCURRENCE OF SB 332. If you have no other contact phone, the Senate switchboard is 225-342-2040.
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More about the issue: Last year the medical records providers (outsource copy services) tried to pass a bill authorizing their charging a “certification fee” in connection with the production of medical records. The bill was opposed by LAJ and LSBA and was defeated. The language this year is to make it clear that no fee other than those in R.S. 40:1299.96(A)(2)(b) can be charged.
Presently the industry may charge for copies of records $1 per page for first 25 pages; $.50 per page for the next 475 pages and $.25 per page thereafter, plus a handling charge of $15 and postage.
Session in the Final Stretch
The Legislature is less than three weeks from adjournment. The session must adjourn no later than 6:00 p.m. Monday, June 23. Friday, June 20, at 6:00 p.m. is the deadline to vote for final passage of a bill in the second chamber. The final three days of the session will be devoted to conference committee reports and resolutions.
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