Any medical equipment capable of storing sensitive patient information, such as EEG machines, CT scanners, among others, should also be properly destroyed before disposal.
The most secure shredding and destruction is accomplished by partnering with a service partner.
Medical record retention is based on each state's respective medical record laws. Code A7 16.95) requires medical doctors to retain medical records for adult patients at least 7 years following the last medical service provided.
Minor patients also require 7 years retention following the last medical service or 1 year after reaching majority.
Police reports are generally available 7-10 business days after the date of occurrence.
Make sure your office or facility is properly safeguarding and disposing of medical records to ensure HIPAA compliance and protect the sensitive information of your patients.Other safeguards include: If a breach were to occur and an investigation by the U. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealed that proper safeguards, procedures and protocols weren't implemented, it could lead to a finding of willful neglect.Under HIPAA, willful neglect could result in large fines.Medical practices, facilities and hospitals must have policies and procedures in place to reasonably and appropriately safeguard medical records during the disposal process.Preamble to Section 164.310 of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) cites examples of appropriate safeguards such as locking cabinets and shredding.
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