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65-6836. Health care records; provision of copies; enforcement of act; costs; definitions. (a) As used in this section:

(1) "Health care provider" means any person licensed by the state board of healing arts.

(2) "Authorized representative" means the person designated in writing by the patient to obtain the health care records of the patient or the person otherwise authorized by law to obtain the health care records of the patient.

(3) "Authorization" means a written or printed document signed by a patient or a patient's authorized representative containing: (A) A description of the health care records a health care provider is authorized to produce; (B) the patient's name, address and date of birth; (C) a designation of the person or entity authorized to obtain copies of the health care records; (D) a date or event upon which the force of the authorization shall expire which shall not exceed one year; (E) if signed by a patient's authorized representative, the authorized representative's name, address, telephone number and relationship or capacity to the patient; and (F) a statement setting forth the right of the person signing the authorization to revoke it in writing.

(b) Subject to K.S.A. 2016 Supp. 65-6824, and amendments thereto, except as otherwise provided herein, copies of health care records shall be furnished to a patient, a patient's authorized representative or any other person or entity authorized by law to obtain or reproduce such records, within 30 days of the receipt of the authorization, or the health care provider shall notify the patient or the patient's authorized representative of the reasons why copies are not available. A health care provider may withhold copies of health care records if the health care provider reasonably believes that providing copies of the requested records will cause substantial harm to the patient or another person. Health care providers may condition the furnishing of the patient's health care records to the patient, the patient's authorized representative or any other person or entity authorized by law to obtain or reproduce such records, upon the payment of charges not to exceed those established and updated not less than every two years by rules and regulations adopted by the state board of healing arts. In establishing such charges, the board shall consider changes in the all-items consumer price index published by the United States department of labor. Providers may charge for the reasonable cost of all duplications of health care record information which cannot be routinely duplicated on a standard photocopy machine.

(c) Any health care provider, patient, authorized representative or any other entity authorized by law to obtain or reproduce such records may bring a claim or action to enforce the provisions of this section. The petition shall include an averment that the party bringing the action has in good faith conferred or attempted to confer with the other party concerning the matter in dispute without court action. Upon a showing that the failure to comply with this section was without just cause or excuse, the court shall award the costs of the action and order the records produced without cost or expense to the prevailing party.

(d) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the state board of healing arts from adopting and enforcing rules and regulations not inconsistent with this section that require licensees of the board to furnish health care records to patients or to their authorized representative. To the extent that the board determines that an administrative disciplinary remedy is appropriate for violation of such rules and regulations, that remedy is separate from and in addition to the provisions of this section.

History: L. 2015, ch. 46, § 20; July 1.



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