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Florida Statutes § 400.145

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“Nursing home records of care and treatment of resident under the public health law”

Unless expressly prohibited by a legally competent resident, any nursing home must furnish to the resident’s spouse, guardian, surrogate, proxy, or attorney a copy of that resident’s records within 7 business days after receipt of a written request or within 10 businesses days of a written request for a former resident. Facilities may charge a reasonable fee for the copying of resident records. The facilities must allow a spouse, guardian, surrogate, proxy, or attorney to examine the original records in its possession to help assure that the records are not damaged, destroyed, or altered. No one can obtain copies of residents more often than once per month, except that physician’s reports in the residents’ records may be obtained as often as necessary to effectively monitor the residents’ condition.

Current as of June 2015