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In order to protect patient records, all offices should have a formal record retention policy in place.

This policy should include:

  • The length of time the records will remain before destruction
  • A list of records that are maintained (whether onsite or offsite)
  • A designated person to maintain record retention and destruction policies
  • A set method of destruction which preserves patient confidentiality
  • Proper destruction and documentation of destruction

CMS requires providers to retain records for 10 years.

Please see the article below from MedPro Group for more information: