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How Long Should We Keep Medical Records?

One of the most common questions asked of MIEC’s Patient Safety & Risk Management Department is how long physicians should maintain their medical records after a patient leaves the practice, or upon retirement. While many might assume that there are clear laws and regulations around this issue, in fact there are few laws that address it (please see the table below for 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...

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