How Long Are You Supposed To Keep Medical Records?

How long are medical providers supposed to retain their records?

If you ask three doctors how long they are supposed to keep medical records each will tell you a different story. This blog post is going to quote you the law for each profession (MD, DO, DC) so you can see for yourself.

State Law Chiropractors- A chiropractor in active practice shall retain chiropractic records for at least four yearsfrom the date of the patient’s last appointment with the chiropractor.
Florida Administrative Code 64B2-17.006

State Law Osteopathic Doctors- In order that the patients may have meaningful access to their records, an osteopathic physician shall maintain the written record of a patient for a period of at least five years from the date the patient was last examined or treated by the osteopathic physician.
Florida Administrative Code 64B15.004

State Law Medical Doctors- A licensed physician shall keep adequate written medical records, as required by Section 458.331(1)(m), Florida Statutes, for a period of at least five years from the last patient contact.
Florida Administrative Code 64B8-10

Federal Law all Medicare Providers- HIPPA rules require a Medicare provider to retain medical records for six years from the date of its creation or the date when it was last in effect, whichever is later.
Medicare Guide

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