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
Boston area Healthcare professionals and businesses today are faced with an ever growing responsibility to keep their patient’s personal information private and comply with State and Federal Mandates. This responsibility remains even after healthcare records and x-rays are no longer needed. Faced with new and ever stricter regulations, it’s important for Boston and Lowell MA area healthcare organizations to have constant access to a safe and secure company to handle their file shredding and x-ray destruction.