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Risk Management Guide: Medical Record Destruction and Disposal

The life cycle of a medical record does not end until information has been destroyed. According to the American Health Information Association (AHIMA), destruction is a key component of the record retention program because it completes the life cycle of a record. Due to storage capacity, fiscal restraints, and legal constraints, most organizations and clinicians cannot maintain records indefinitely. Before destroying medical records, review recommended retention guidelines. HIPAA requirement related to destruction and disposal The HIPAA Privacy Rule requires that covered entities apply appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to protect the privacy of protected health information (PHI) in any form. Covered entities…

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