For the first time, Michigan providers must charge patients less than the previous year for copies of medical records. The Michigan Medical Access Act of 2004 regulates the access to and disclosure of medical records. Under the Act, the Department of Community Health has the responsibility to adjust on an annual basis the fees that may be charged by a Michigan provider to any patient requesting copies of medical records. The adjustment is based on the Detroit Consumer Price Index. This year, for the first time the fee has been decreased from the previous calendar year. In CY 2009, the initial fee for copies was $22.08, but in CY 2010, the initial fee is $21.95.
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