August 2016 Maryland Attorney General opinion on a health care provider giving information to the parents or custodian of a person over the age of 18 who is having a mental health crisis.
Please consult the following resources:
- State vs. Federal Comparison
- Security Guidance
- Accounting of Disclosures
- Disclosure of mental health records
- Copies of records
To look up the medical records statue, click here and select Health-General from the Article dropdown box; then select the Section number from the list below. Or copy and paste the section number from the list into the Search Statutes box.
SUBTITLE 3. CONFIDENTIALITY OF MEDICAL RECORDS
- 4-301. Definitions
- 4-302. Confidentiality and disclosure generally
- 4-302.1. Medical care electronic claims clearinghouses
- 4-302.2. Health information exchanges — Regulations
- 4-302.3. Health information exchanges — State designated exchange
- 4-302.4. New cause of action not created
- 4-303. Disclosure upon authorization of a person in interest
- 4-304. Copies of records; changes in records
- 4-305. Disclosures without authorization of person in interest — In general
- 4-306. Disclosures without authorization of person in interest — Investigations
- 4-307. Disclosure of mental health records
- 4-308. Liability for good faith actions
- 4-309. Refusal to disclose records; violations of subtitle; penalties
Maryland law (Health General Sec. 4-304) allows physicians to charge patients (or the patient’s “personal representative”) a fee for copying medical records, to be adjusted annually for inflation. The fees are available here.
Some helpful FAQs related to medical records are posted on the MedChi website.