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Licensees have both a legal and ethical obligation to retain patient records. The Board, therefore, recognizes the necessity and importance of a licensee’s proper maintenance, retention, and disposition of medical records. The following guidelines are offered to assist licensees in meeting their ethical and legal obligations:
1 LIcensees should retain medical records as long as needed not only to serve and protect patients, but also to protect themselves against adverse actions. The times stated may fall below the community standard for retention in their communities and practice settings and for the specific needs. LIcensees are encouraged (may want to) seek advice from private counsel and/or their malpractice insurance carrier.