Medical Record Retention Requires Good Policies, Strict Compliance

Healthcare Risk Management
April 1, 2020

“Many healthcare organizations follow a policy of keeping medical records for seven years, says Andrew Selesnick, JD, shareholder with Buchalter in Los Angeles.

“However, we usually recommend 10 years because if there is a dispute and the medical records are unavailable, defending on such a claim could be more problematic,” he says.

Without a medical record, defending a medical malpractice claim would be that much more difficult. This is why some insurance companies recommend keeping medical records for 10 years when the patient is an adult, 28 years for infants, and in the case of death, an additional five years, he explains.”

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