[part 1.7. Health Facilities Disclosure Act] of California Health And Safety Code >> Division 1. >> Part 1.7.
"Health facility," as used in this chapter, means any
general acute care hospital required to be licensed pursuant to
Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 1250) of Division 2.
Within seven days after completion of the patient's
itemized bill, every health facility shall provide to the primary
attending health care practitioner a copy, upon written request
specifying the individual patient, of the complete itemized charges
for services rendered by the health facility to the health care
practitioner's patient when the primary attending health care
practitioner is not employed by the health facility nor is a member
of an integrated group practice that provided the health facility
The primary attending health care practitioner's written
request to the health facility shall specify the records to be copied
pursuant to Section 440.20 and shall include a fee to defray the
cost of copying, not to exceed twenty-five cents ($0.25) per page,
plus any reasonable costs of clerical services incurred in locating
and making the records available.
The primary attending health care practitioner shall obtain
prior written consent from each patient for whom a billing is
requested, authorizing the release of the patient's billing. A copy
of this signed patient consent form shall be forwarded to the health
care facility as part of the written request for itemized billings.
No information, other than the itemized billing set forth
in Section 440.20, that is prohibited from being released by any
other provision of law shall be made available pursuant to Section