2014 Georgia Code
Title 16 - CRIMES AND OFFENSES
Chapter 10 - OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Article 5 - OFFENSES RELATED TO JUDICIAL AND OTHER PROCEEDINGS
§ 16-10-94.1 - Willful destruction, alteration, or falsification of medical records
(a) As used in this Code section, the term:
(1) "Patient" means any person who has received health care services from a provider.
(2) "Provider" means all hospitals, including public, private, osteopathic, and tuberculosis hospitals; other special care units, including podiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and kidney disease treatment centers, including freestanding hemodialysis units; intermediate care facilities; ambulatory surgical or obstetrical facilities; health maintenance organizations; and home health agencies. Such term shall also mean any person licensed to practice under Chapter 9, 11, 26, 34, 35, or 39 of Title 43.
(3) "Record" means a patient's health record, including, but not limited to, evaluations, diagnoses, prognoses, laboratory reports, X-rays, prescriptions, and other technical information used in assessing the patient's condition, or the pertinent portion of the record relating to a specific condition or a summary of the record.
(b) Any person who, with intent to conceal any material fact relating to a potential claim or cause of action, knowingly and willfully destroys, alters, or falsifies any record shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
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