Healthcare Document Destruction Policy: Does It Meet Legal Standards?

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Prerecorded Event
60 minutes
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Get an Outline of the Laws and Other Issues Impacting Healthcare Document Destruction Plan

Regular document destruction services help medical facilities ensure the confidèntiality of their patients' personal information. HIPAA and other regulations have codified patient confidèntiality as a legal requirement and medical professionals, including all individuals with accèss to confidèntial patient information, face stiff fines and penalties for a failure to safèguard patient information.

However, some documents are so important and have legal implications that it makes sense to maintain them indefinitely. Yet other types of records, even patient related, have a definitive shelf life. A document destruction policy and proper procedure, therefore is necessary to establish which documents and files can be eliminated. Nevertheless, various laws and other standards, unfortunately, impose varying minimum retention periods for different types of documents, which makes it much harder to maintain a destruction schedule.

Join expert speaker Wayne J. Miller, Esq., in this informative session as he outlines the laws and other issues impacting a health care document destruction plan. Get hands-on strategies on how a program can be designed in practical ways to address the myriad requirements. Also, learn about special considerations in deciding which records to maintain indefinitely, and how records should be stored or discarded if a facility or practice is closed or sold.

Session Highlights:

  • Document Retention – Who is involved and why is it important?
  • What do laws and policies say about health care record retention?
  • Are there records that should be retained permanently?
  • How to develop a retention plan and record destruction schedule
  • Using record classification to simplify the process
  • Cautionary steps to take before eliminating old records
  • Best practices for proper file storage and destruction
  • Proper procedures when a provider closes or sells out

Session Snapshots:

  • Federal law on shelf life of documents
    • SOX Section 802
    • Federal healthcare related laws
    • State law- General and healthcare related
  • Retention period examples
  • Takeaways: laws and standards
  • How to apply standards
  • Mandated retention of documents
  • Real work scenarios and lessons
  • Short, mid and long term retention
  • Developing a retention plan
  • Policy provisions
  • Record destruction
  • Outsourced disposal

Who Should Attend?

This session is intended for hospitals, physicians, practice managers, medical groups, health care consultants and medical practice and facility executives.

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About Our Speaker

Wayne J. Miller - Healthcare Compliance Expert

Wayne J. Miller, Esq., is a founding partner of the Compliance Law Group, Los Angeles, a law firm focused on health care industry legal compliance for clients nationwide. Wayne has practiced healthcare business and regulatory law throughout his 30-year career. His firm represents a wide range of healthcare industry clients throughout the nation. He is a frequent speaker for The Coding Institute national teleconferences on healthcare reimbursement, transactional and regulatory...   More Info
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