Guidelines for Records Retention

jenndeshon

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My office manager has asked me to find out the guidelines for how long we must keep a patient's medical record before we can dispose of it. We have limited space in our facility to store these and currently keep a chart around 6 years. We are oral & maxillofacial surgeons so we generally see a patient only a few times. Can someone please enlighten us and give us an idea where we might find documentation to back it up?

Thanks in advance!
Jennifer, CPC
 

smarcolina

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Jennifer,
I would try this site dos.state___.us/records management. In the empty space type in what state you are in and then navigate through. It will give you a print out regarding the regulations for your state. In the state of Florida it is 7 yrs. after last entry. Hope this helps.
Sharon
 

hzucco

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In California it is 7 years and if the patient is a minor than we keep the record until the patient turns 21.

Hope this helps.

Heather
 

smcbroom

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it is 7 years for Nevada also...seems to be the average time frame. I believe that ours for minors is until age 18.
 
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