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Medical Record Retention: How Long Should You Keep Patient Charts?

Posted on 25. Aug, 2010 by in Provider News

CMS says keep patient medical records for 6 years.

Medical practices often hear conflicting advice regarding how long they must hang on to a patient’s medical records, but CMS intends to clear up any misinformation with new MLN Matters article SE1022, issued this month.

Although many physicians follow state laws when determining whether they can discontinue retaining a patient’s records, it’s important to keep in mind that you must hang into the patient’s records for at least six years, according to HIPAA laws. If your state requires a period longer than that, you must extend the length of time to meet state laws, but six years is the federal minimum.

“HIPAA administrative simplification rules require a covered entity, such as a physician billing Medicare, to retain required documentation for six years from the date of its creation or the date when it last was in...

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