The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) provides help sorting through the rules regarding how long you must retain records at your practice.
Use AHIMA’s tables as a basic guideline, then develop an internal record-management policy that complies with the law. Visit the organization’s Web site to review “Practice Briefs,” one of its online resources.
- For a thorough state-by-state description of health record retention requirements, click here.
- For an equally thorough listing of guidelines for retaining business records, click here.
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