(a) As used in this Code section, the term:
(1) "Patient" means any person who has received health care
services from a provider.
(2) "Provider" means all hospitals, including public, private,
osteopathic, and tuberculosis hospitals; other special care units,
including podiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and
kidney disease treatment centers, including freestanding
hemodialysis units; intermediate care facilities; ambulatory
surgical or obstetrical facilities; health maintenance
organizations; and home health agencies. Such term shall also mean
any person licensed to practice under Chapter 9, 11, 26, 34, 35,
or 39 of Title 43.
(3) "Record" means a patient's health record, including, but not
limited to, evaluations, diagnoses, prognoses, laboratory reports,
X-rays, prescriptions, and other technical information used in
assessing the patient's condition, or the pertinent portion of the
record relating to a specific condition or a summary of the
(b) Any person who, with intent to conceal any material fact
relating to a potential claim or cause of action, knowingly and
willfully destroys, alters, or falsifies any record shall be guilty
of a misdemeanor.