SENATE BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

SENATE, No. 4233

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED: †DECEMBER 16, 2021

 

††††† The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee reports favorably Senate Bill No. 4233.

††††† This bill would limit fees charged to patients, patientsí legally authorized representatives, and other authorized third parties by hospitals and health care professionals for electronic or paper reproductions of medical or billing records.† Pursuant to the bill, total costs for reproductions of a medical record, whether the record is stored electronically, on microfilm or microfiche, or on paper, are capped at $50, inclusive of any additional administrative fees charged by the hospital or health care professional for reproducing the requested records.†

††††† The bill additionally prohibits hospitals and health care professionals from assessing a fee for copies of a patientís billing record if the record is requested by the patient himself, the patientís legally authorized representative, or an authorized third party.†

††††† Current statute, pursuant to section 1 of P.L.2019, c.217 (C.26:2H-5n), limits fees charged by general, special, and psychiatric hospitals for copies of patient medical or billing records at $200 per request.† These fee limits, however, do not extend to medical records requested from health care professionals, such as a physician practice, a psychotherapist, or a dentist.† Pursuant to current statute, hospitals may additionally assess a variety of administrative fees for copies of patientsí medical and billing records, such as a $10 records search fee, a surcharge for reproductions of x-rays or other materials that are difficult to reproduce on a commercial photocopy machine, a $10 fee per certified copy of a medical or billing record, and any postage and delivery charges.†

 

FISCAL IMPACT:

††††† This bill is not certified as requiring a fiscal note.