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Medical Malpractice Records Battle Brews

Nov 28, 2017
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Florida voters next year could be asked to once again dive into a never-ending tug-of-war over medical malpractice lawsuits.

Supreme Court Sides With Plaintiffs On Malpractice Records

Nov 1, 2017
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Warning of attempts to “whittle away” at a 2004 constitutional amendment, the Florida Supreme Court has rejected arguments by hospitals that they should be shielded from turning over records to plaintiffs in medical-malpractice cases.

Justices Stay Out Of Medical Records Fee Fight

Oct 24, 2017
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The Florida Supreme Court on Monday declined to wade into a battle about how much patients should be charged for copies of medical records.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up an appeal by a Jacksonville-based hospital system about the disclosure of records in medical-malpractice cases.

Medical Records Fight Draws Attention At High Court

Sep 22, 2017
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In a legal battle drawing attention from medical groups across the country, the U.S. Supreme Court could be close to deciding whether to hear a Florida case about the disclosure of medical records.

Medical Records Dispute Heads To Supreme Court

Jun 23, 2017
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A long-running battle about how much patients should be charged for copies of medical records has gone to the Florida Supreme Court.

Arguing that a Florida Supreme Court ruling “undermines” a federal patient-safety law, a Jacksonville hospital system is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a legal battle about the disclosure of medical records.


Medical Records Case Goes To U.S. Supreme Court

Jun 8, 2017
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Arguing that a Florida Supreme Court ruling “undermines” a federal patient-safety law, a Jacksonville hospital system is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a legal battle about the disclosure of medical records.

Court Backs Board Of Medicine On Records Costs

Apr 12, 2017
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An appeals court Tuesday rejected a challenge to the Florida Board of Medicine in a long-running dispute about how much patients can be charged for copies of medical records.

Florida Supreme Court Hears Arguments About Medical Record Access

Oct 6, 2016
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Though the parties reached an eleventh-hour settlement, the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday plunged into a dispute that could have implications for medical-malpractice cases across the state.

Yet again, news organizations around the globe are reporting on computer hackers illegally obtaining – and releasing - private information.

This summer – the Democratic Party and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton were targets. Now the hackers have taken aim at American Olympic athletes and their medical records.

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Technology companies, hospital systems and doctors' groups have agreed to take steps to make electronic health records easier for consumers to access and use, the Obama administration announced Monday.

Medical Records Fight Lands In Appeals Court

Jan 26, 2016
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A long-running dispute about the cost of patient medical records has gone to a state appeals court.

Court Backs Hospital On Shielding Medical Documents

Oct 29, 2015

More than a decade after Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment expanding access to records in medical-malpractice cases, an appeals court Wednesday sided with a Jacksonville hospital system in a battle about whether federal law shields some documents from disclosure.

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Patients will bear the cost if the Florida Board of Medicine moves forward with plans to increase the cost of medical record copies to $1 a page, the Tampa Bay Times says in an editorial.

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration has amended its lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The state was using the case of veteran Roland "Dale" Dickerson as an example of  a patient who received subpar medical care at the VA, but a Times review of his medical records revealed the state had its facts wrong in the lawsuit.  

The University of Miami Health System reports hard copies of some of its patient files stored off-site are missing, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.  The files contain Social Security numbers, insurance company names and other information. UM Health System says the files don’t contain medical records.

Five Florida hospitals have received the industry's highest award for managing the shift to a paperless environment.

The “Stage 7” designation is the highest level on the Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model developed by HIMSS Analytics. It measures how hospitals use information technology applications.

Record Fees Going Up

Dec 6, 2013

Patients and their lawyers face a potentially steep increase in the cost of obtaining copies of their medical records following action by the Florida Board of Medicine on Friday. 

The board, meeting in Orlando, voted unanimously to raise the cap on charges for copying to $1 a page "or actual cost," whichever is less. It makes no difference whether the copies are paper or electronic.

The new charges will not take effect right away, because the board has to start all over again on the rule-making process. That typically takes months.

The Florida Medical Association and other physician groups said Thursday that doctors' offices should be allowed to charge patients up to $1 a page for medical records –  even if the records are electronic. 

They said it would make the fee consistent with the amount that hospitals are allowed to charge. They also pointed out that the current rule allows doctors to charge anyone other than patients $1 a page, while the patient can be charged that much only for the first 25 pages. After that, the charge is limited to a quarter.

Reprinted with permission from the Tampa Bay Times.

By Alice Vickers

While the nation watches the launch of Obamacare, it's easy to overlook other health care news. But Floridians should also be paying attention to a major issue in our own state: an industry push to dramatically increase the cost for receiving a copy of your medical records.

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Consumer groups are angry over the possibility that the cost of copying medical records could shoot up sharply for patients and their lawyers,the Tampa Bay Times reports. 

The Florida Board of Medicine will consider the issue on Friday at a meeting in Deerfield Beach, and a consumer group is planning to protest.

Uncle Sam wants your doctor to go digital. And the federal government is backing that up with money for practices that start using computerized systems for record keeping.

Nearly half of all physicians in America still rely on paper records for most patient care. Time is running out for those who do to take advantage of federal funds to make the switch. So practices like Colorado Springs Internal Medicine are scrambling to get with the program.

Owners of an optometry practice are suing two former employees, saying they copied the confidential information of 9,000 patients in hopes of luring them to their new practice, the Pensacola News Journal reports.  

Uniform medical records and health cards are just two of the ideas that could begin to bring down the unit cost in health-care treatment, according to a column in the Tampa Bay Times by Richard Meyer, emeritus professor of business at University of South Florida.

He also favors the requirement that hospitals stop charging the uninsured more than they charge the best-insured.