The Illinois Trial Lawyer’s Association proposed and supported a house and senate bill in the Illinois legislature that would close loopholes and minimize retrieval costs of medical records, especially electronic records. SB 472 and HB 830 combined will limit copying fees for medical record companies and will require them to submit records in an electronic format whenever possible. With the introduction of the electronic format requirement, the medical record companies are now only allowed to charge 50% of the costs of paper records, plus postage costs and a processing fee. This new legislation helps cut costs for patients and victims of medical malpractice or personal injury, and saves time in the process.
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