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How Long Do We Have To Keep Medical Records?

One of the most common questions asked of MIEC’s Patient Safety & Risk Management Department is how long physicians should keep their medical records. While most providers assume that there are clear laws and regulations around this issue, in fact there are few laws that address it (please see the table on Page 3 for more information on state laws). MIEC’s recommendations are as follows:   What Attorneys Advise “Keep medical records forever.” This is the advice of many malpractice defense attorneys, because in the event of a medical malpractice claim, the medical records provide the single most effective tool...

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