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      RS 22:251     


§251.  Books and records of health maintenance organizations

A.  Every health maintenance organization shall maintain the books and records relating to activities conducted in the state in its offices within the state pursuant to the provisions of this Subpart.  Such health maintenance organization may cause any or all such books, records, documents, accounts, and vouchers to be photographed or reproduced on film.  Any such photographs, microphotographs, optical imaging, or film reproductions of any original books, records, documents, accounts, and vouchers shall for all purposes be considered the same as the originals thereof and a transcript, exemplification, or certified copy of any such photograph, microphotograph, optical imaging, or film reproduction shall for all purposes be deemed to be a transcript, exemplification, or certified copy of the original.  Any original so reproduced may thereafter be disposed of or destroyed, as provided for in Subsection B of this Section, if provision is made for preserving and examining such reproductions.

B.  All such original books, records, documents, accounts, and vouchers, or such reproductions thereof, shall be preserved and kept available in this state for the purpose of examination and until authority to destroy or otherwise dispose of such records is secured from the commissioner.  At a minimum all such original records shall be maintained for the period commencing on the first day following the last period examined by the commissioner through the subsequent examination period, or five years, whichever is greater.  Such original records may, however, be kept and maintained outside this state if, according to a plan adopted by the company's board of directors and approved by the commissioner, it maintains suitable records in lieu thereof.

C.  If books and records are located outside the state, the health maintenance organization shall make the records and books available to the commissioner at a location within this state or pay reasonable and necessary expenses for the commissioner or his representative to examine them at the place where the records and books are maintained.  The commissioner may designate representatives, including comparable officials of the state in which the records are located, to inspect the books and records on behalf of the commissioner.

Acts 1995, No. 1231, §1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Redesignated from R.S. 22:2007.1 by Acts 2008, No. 415, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2009; Acts 2010, No. 84, §1.

NOTE:  Former R.S. 22:251 redesignated as R.S. 22:141 by Acts 2008, No. 415, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2009.

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