§ 115.29. Patient access.

 Patients or patient designees shall be given access to or a copy of their medical records, or both, in accordance with §  103.22(b)(15) (relating to implementation). Upon the death of a patient, the hospital shall provide, upon request, to the executor of the decedent’s estate or, in the absence of an executor, the next of kin responsible for the disposition of the remains, access to all medical records of the deceased patient. The patient or the patient’s next of kin may be charged for the cost of reproducing the copies; however, the charges shall be reasonably related to the cost of making the copy.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  115.29 issued under section 2102(g) of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. §  532(g)); and section 803 of the Health Care Facilities Act (35 P. S. §  448.803).

Source

   The provisions of this §  115.29 amended through December 3, 1982, effective December 4, 1982, 12 Pa.B. 4129. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (55623).

Notes of Decisions

   Health Care Facilities Act

   Inmate who avers right to copies of his medical records at cost reasonably related to cost of making copies pursuant to regulation that pertains to patient access to medical records and to health care facilities as defined in the Health Care Facilities Act failed to state a claim because inmate does not allege he is a patient as defined by the Act or that Department of Corrections operates a health care facility within the meaning of the Act. Richardson v. Beard, 942 A.2d 911, 914-915 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2008)

   Illustrative Cases

   Requiring a patient to sign a release of liability in exchange for medical records violated the public policy of freely accessible records underlying this section. Soxman v. Goodge, 539 A.2d 826 (Pa. Super. 1988).

   Subpoena

   Since medical records are the property of the hospital, not each individual patient, and are to be removed from hospital premises only for court purposes, a subpoena for the production of such records was properly served on the hospital. In re June 1979 Allegheny County Investigating Grand Jury, 415 A.2d 73 (Pa. 1980).

   Standing

   The plaintiff-clients, whose attorneys purchased photocopies of the clients’ hospital records for the purpose of prosecuting their clients’ personal injury and medical malpractice claims, did not have standing to bring a treble-damages claim because they are not ‘‘direct purchasers,’’ as required by Illinois Brick Co. v. Illinois, 431 U. S. 720, 52 L. Ed. 2d 707, 97 S. Ct. 2061 (1977). However, these clients are not barred from seeking injunctive relief under section 16 of the Clayton Act. McCarthy v. Recordex Service, 80 F.3d 842 (3d Cir. 1996), cert. denied, 136 L.Ed. 2d 42 (U. S. 1996).



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