Some of the most common, yet vexing, legal issues facing medical practices involve quesitons about medical records. To whom may I release them? How long do I have once a request has been made? How long must I keep the records?
This guide will help you organize your medical records in a way that is legible, practical, and efficient — no matter if they're paper or electronic. Included are regulations set forth by Texas law, federal law, and the Texas Medical Board (TMB). It includes information on how to maintain and store your medical records in a HIPAA-compliant manner. You also will learn how to apply appropriate measures for retaining and destroying medical records timely and efficiently.4 AMA PRA Cat. 1 • 4 ETHICS
TMA's Office of the General Counsel offers several whitepapers and information articles on medical records. For members only:
Use these sample letters to guide you on the release and transfer of medical records.
NOTICE: Please check the Texas Medical Board web site for current updates on its rules and policies with respect to these issues.
Check our list of articles and information to learn more about medical records and your practice
TMA offers educational programs and publications to assist you with medical records management.
Got Medical Records questions? Call or email the Knowledge Center.
This resource by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is for patients, parents, and caregivers who want to get their health records. It includes the steps, tips, and tools they'll need to get, check, and use their health records.
Electronic health record (EHR) vendors may not block or terminate your access to your patient’s information. This paper will help arm you with information about your rights.