NY Hospitals Face Class Action Over Medical Record Fees

Law360, New York (April 28, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT) -- A proposed consumer class action accusing three hospitals and a document processor of illegally overcharging patients for access to medical records was removed to New York federal court on Friday, teeing up a potentially convoluted dispute over what constitutes reasonable fees.

The complaint, originally filed last month in state court, targets Beth Israel Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital and Montefiore Medical Group Coop City, as well as HealthPort Technologies LLC — which is said to have handled document duplication requests for the hospitals.

At issue is New York Public Health Law Section 18, which says that fees charged for locating and...

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