FAKE AGENT CALLS
The Board Staff has received several phone calls from multiple licensees stating that someone is calling pretending to be an agent of the Medical Board and trying to obtain personal information. These calls are scams. Information regarding your licensure number, issue date, expiration date, and address of record is available on the Board’s website. Your NPI number is also available on the Internet. The Board would not contact you by phone to obtain your personal information. We would contact you to set up a time that you can contact us and give you a valid call back number or schedule an in person meeting. The Board is located in Atlanta, GA and all phone numbers from the Board will have Atlanta area codes. (404, 470, 678 or 770) If you receive a call like this please do not give any personal information and disconnect the call. If you need any additional information, please contact Jonathan McGehee, Director of Investigations at email@example.com.
Can my doctor charge me for a copy of my medical records?
O.C.G.A. § 31-33-3-provides the fees that a physician may charge for copying and mailing patient records. The physician may even require the payment "up front", (before providing the records). HIPAA* may apply. *Please click to answer any questions regarding HIPAA. These charges are calculated by the Office of Planning and Budget. *Please click to visit their website for further information or to view the current permissible rates you may be charged as set forth in the medical records publication.
To view a copy of O.C.G.A. § 31-33-3, please click on the document link titled "Patient right to Medical Records," at the bottom of the page.
To view a copy of the Medical Records Publication, please click on the document link titled "20XX Medical Record Retrieval Rates," at the bottom of the page.
Are there exceptions to charging for a copy of my medical records?
Yes, A physician may not charge for medical records requested in order to make or complete an application for a disability benefits program per O.C.G.A. § 31-33-3(a).