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bumbleb

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Charging for WC records?
« on: July 02, 2010, 01:35:23 PM »
We just got a request for medical records for a patient from a WC lawyer.  Can I charge him for this?

I know I can usually charge lawyers in auto liability cases, but this is the first time I've dealt with a comp lawyer.  I'm in NC.

Thanks!

DMK

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Re: Charging for WC records?
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2010, 06:14:24 PM »
You can absolutely charge for this.  They can also send someone to copy records, but you still get $15.00 just to pull the file (at least you do in California).  As a courtesy, you may want to call the attorney's office and let them know what the charge will be and maybe even fax them a bill with an agreement to pay for the copies in advance, you need a leg to stand on in case they decide not to pay for the requested records.

Pay_My_Claims

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Re: Charging for WC records?
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2010, 06:52:03 PM »
yes most do charge, but if not mistaken there is a state mandated limit on how much you can charge

bumbleb

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Re: Charging for WC records?
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2010, 08:32:31 AM »
Thanks -- I'll bill him.  I do know NC allows a lot less than some other states, as far as the rates go. 

Pay_My_Claims

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Re: Charging for WC records?
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2010, 11:07:03 AM »
i'm in nc too

bumbleb

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Re: Charging for WC records?
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2010, 08:39:58 AM »
Hey Charlene -

What part of the state?  I lived in the eastern part for several years, and am in the western part now.  Beautiful mountains!
bren

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Re: Charging for WC records?
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2010, 10:58:37 AM »
Raleigh NC. Not too keen on the mountains except to look at their beauty. I'm a country girl :-0

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Re: Charging for WC records?
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2010, 01:18:08 PM »
Before doing this you always want to check with the office's policies and procedures, Those should be things/guidelines that are already in their P&P to where you just need to look it up.
You shouldn't arbitrarily create a fee without first seeing what the office has already established.
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