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Law change for searching and duplicating records

Effective July 1, 2014

Olympia, WA: The Washington State Legislature has amended RCW 70.02.010, reducing the amount considered a “reasonable fee” for medical professionals to charge for searching and duplicating records. This new fee structure (detailed below) takes effect the first of July, 2014.                               

Detail of RCW 70.02.010:

(37) “Reasonable fee” means the charges for duplicating or searching the record, but shall not exceed sixty-five cents per page for the first thirty pages and fifty cents per page for all other pages. In addition, a clerical fee for searching and handling may be charged not to exceed fifteen dollars. These amounts shall be adjusted biennially in accordance with changes in the consumer price index, all consumers, for Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan statistical area as determined by the secretary of health. However, where editing of records by a health care provider is required by statute and is done by the provider personally, the fee may be the usual and customary charge for a basic office visit.

Reviser’s note: (1) RCW 70.02.010 was amended twice during the 2014 legislative session, each without reference to the other. For rule construction concerning sections amended more than once during the same legislative session, see RCW 1.12.025.

The above change in law DOES reduce the amount that doctors, physical therapists, massage therapists and other professionals are legally allowed to charge for records search and duplication.

If you have questions about what this change means to your practice, please feel free to call and speak with a GLP attorney.

North Sound: 800.422.4610

South Sound: 800.273.5005

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