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Risk Management Guide: Medical Record Retention

An appropriate system for the retention of records is necessary to guarantee that records are available any time they might become an issue in a lawsuit. Medical malpractice liability is one of many considerations to keep in mind when setting up a record retention policy. Other medical, legal, licensure, or business issues may affect record retention policies. Ideally, medical records should be retained indefinitely. However, storage limitations for paper records or the inability to support legacy electronic data and other forms of media may necessitate purging records. If it is determined after careful consideration that some records must be destroyed, it is important that each organization follow established retention guidelines whose…

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