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Medical Record Retention

Pediatricians often wonder how long medical records should be kept for those patients for whom they no longer provide care. There are federal and state laws that offer guidance and regulations regarding the appropriate length of time that these records are to be saved. The Following resource may help you determine when it is acceptable to dispose of these records. It is also important to check with your attorney, liability insurance carrier, and county medical society.


 “Pediatricians and the Law: Does Your Practice Follow Requirements for Retaining Patient Records?AAP News, November 2001, page 206
The American Health Information Management Association has a variety of resources on medical records.

Visit the American Medical Association to contact your state’s medical society.

The recommendations in this publication do not indicate an exclusive course of treatment or serve as a standard of medical care. Variations, taking into account individual circumstances, may be appropriate. This content is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to constitute financial or legal advice. A financial advisor or attorney should be consulted if financial or legal advice is desired.  
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