Wisconsin Supreme Court Accepts Case Challenging Medical Records Fees

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court last week accepted Welcenbach Law Offices Client's Petition for Review of a class action lawsuit challenging whether a healthcare provider, and their agents who are contracted to provide medical records, may charge a requesting party a certification or retrieval fee when the patient authorizes the medical records to be released.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court last week accepted a Petition for Review of a class action lawsuit challenging whether a healthcare provider, and their agents who are contracted to provide medical records, may charge a requesting party a certification or retrieval fee when the patient authorizes the medical records to be released.

According to court documents, in 2011, Carolyn Moya authorized a release of her medical records from Aurora Healthcare to her lawyers, Welcenbach Law Offices, for a personal injury case they were handling for her.

Aurora contracted with Healthport Technologies to provide patient medical records to requesting parties such as Moya according to court documents. Healthport charged Moya an $8.00 certification and $20.00 retrieval fee for her records.

Moya’s attorney, Robert Welcenbach, filed a class action lawsuit on her behalf alleging Aurora and Healthport charged fees prohibited by law because a person with written authorization from the patient is exempt from those fees. Three judges in the Milwaukee County Circuit Court agreed with Moya. Aurora appealed and the Wisconsin Court of Appeals reversed and held that personal injury attorneys who request records on behalf of their client are not exempt from the charges.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court will now decide whether a person who has written consent to the release of the patient’s records may be charged certification or retrieval fees.

The Milwaukee County trial court case number is 2013CV002642. The case is currently pending before the Wisconsin Supreme Court as case number 2014AP002236.

More information can be located at Welcenbach Law Offices’ website: http://www.welcenbachlaw.com.

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