In a complex health services environment with many different health care practitioners, individual practitioners and directors at health care facilities may be confused on how long to retain -- and whether to dispose of – electronic medical records. Does, having digital records require medical records retention to be indefinite, or does it simply allow it?
Differing and even conflicting sources of requirements exist for the retention and disposition of patient’s medical records, which may vary based upon the specific health care practitioner. With the majority of medical records moving to an electronic format, special rules and regulations now exist with regard to the confidentiality, security, retention, and disposition of electronic medical records.
Why Should You Attend:
Working in today’s diverse, fast-changing, multidisciplinary health care environment often presents challenges to the professional that are not easy to navigate. Record keeping varies greatly from health care professional to health care professional.
In addition to these clinical requirements of a specific profession, additional state laws set forth the content and retention of other types of records, other than clinical records of a patient, that are also kept by the professional, such as supervisory agreements with other professionals subordinate to them as well as their own unique record content requirements.
Areas Covered in this Webinar:
One area covered specifically about electronic record recognizes that while psychotherapy and mental health services are ideal treatments to offer over the internet, that is, by simultaneous audio-visual transmission between the doctor and the patient, the risks of breaches of confidentiality also vastly increase. And when the successful doctor-patient relationship is over, how does the health care practitioner providing a mental health service dispose of these electronic records?
In addition to the sources of rules that govern the confidentiality, retention, and disposition of medical records, there are other sources of requirements for compliance with facility laws and contractual agreements, such as for professional malpractice insurance.
Sources of legal requirements for medical records retention
Sources of contractual requirements for medical records retention
What information is mandated to be in a specific health care practitioner’s medical record
Facility rules as applied to the individual health care practitioner
Electronic records confidentiality, retention, and disposition
Professional wills and business succession plans for the health care practitioner to govern the retention of medical records
Reasons for creating and implementing a medical records policy for the health care practitioner’s withdrawal from practice, incapacity, or death
Who Will Benefit:
Individual Health Care Practitioners
Health Care Attorneys
Corporate Counsel in Health Care
Medical Records Directors
Mark Brengelman worked as the assigned counsel to numerous health professions licensure boards as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Moving to private practice, he now helps private clients including health care practitioners who are professionally licensed in a wide variety of contexts.
Mark became interested in the law when he graduated with both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Philosophy from Emory University in Atlanta. He then earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law. In 1995, Mark became an Assistant Attorney General and focused in the area of administrative and professional law where he represented multiple boards as General Counsel and Prosecuting Attorney.
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