Lawsuit alleges NYC hospital charges double legal amount for medical records

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A lawsuit filed Friday alleges NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in New York City charges patients twice as much as New York law allows for medical records, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed on behalf of a woman who was reportedly charged $1.50 per page plus administrative fees for the 1,758 pages of her medical record. New York law allows hospitals to charge up to 75 cents per page.

The lawsuit names NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and IOD Inc., which duplicates and copies medical records for the hospital, as defendants. 

The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of damages for any patients who the hospital may have overcharged for medical records from 2011 to 2017, according to the report.

A NewYork-Presbyterian spokeswoman told The Wall Street Journal the hospital does not comment on pending litigation.

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