2015 Wyoming Code
TITLE 35 - PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY
CHAPTER 2 - HOSPITALS, HEALTH CARE FACILITIES AND HEALTH SERVICES
ARTICLE 6 - HOSPITAL RECORDS AND INFORMATION
SECTION 35-2-611. - Examination and copying of record; explanation of records.
35-2-611. Examination and copying of record; explanation of records.
(a) Upon receipt of a written request from a patient to examine or copy all or part of the patient's recorded health care information, a hospital, as promptly as required under the circumstances, but no later than ten (10) days after receiving the request shall:
(i) Make the information available for examination during regular business hours and provide a copy, if requested, to the patient;
(ii) Inform the patient if the information does not exist or cannot be found;
(iii) If the hospital does not maintain a record of the information, inform the patient and provide the name and address, if known, of the health care provider or health care facility that maintains the record;
(iv) If the information is in use or unusual circumstances of delay occur in handling the request, inform the patient and specify in writing the reasons for the delay and the earliest date, which shall not be later than twenty-one (21) days after receiving the request, when the information will be available for examination or copying or when the request will be otherwise answered; or
(v) Deny the request, in whole or in part, under W.S. 35-2-612 and inform the patient.
(b) Upon request, the hospital shall provide an explanation of any code or abbreviation used in the health care information. If a record of the particular health care information requested is not maintained by the hospital in the requested form, the hospital is not required to create a new record or reformulate an existing record to make the health care information available in the requested form. The hospital may charge a reasonable fee, not to exceed the hospital's actual cost, for providing the health care information and is not required to permit examination or copying until the fee is paid.
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