For most Massachusetts organizations, scheduled shredding services are an integral part of a complete document management program. Documents that are inactive and no longer need to be retained take up costly office space, and may contain sensitive, confidential information that poses a security risk to your business if exposed.
Medical records are eligible for destruction in a minimum of seven years from the anniversary of the last date of treatment or, if the patient is a minor, seven years from the anniversary of the last date of treatment or until the minor reaches 21 (whichever is later). Do not destroy medical records that relate to any civil, criminal, or administrative proceeding if you know the proceeding has not been finally resolved. Follow any state and federal regulation that requires you to retain medical records longer than the above time periods. Read Retention of Medical Records