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Pa. Supreme Court Weighs in on Medical Record Charges—In Wayne M. Chiurazzi Law v. MRO, Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, writing for the majority of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, interpreted the Medical Records Act (“MRA”) such that health care providers can only charge fees for medical records and charts that are based on the actual and reasonable costs of producing such records. In the case before the Supreme Court, the defendants had charged the plaintiffs the maximum amount allowed under the MRA for producing their records. Justice Castille stated that the MRA requires health care providers to charge “the estimated actual and reasonable expenses of reproducing the charts or records” and that the “language and structure [of the MRA] plainly suggests that the pricing schedule serves as a cap” on the actual and reasonable expenses.
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