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Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 333.20175 - Regulations and guidelines regarding patient records; regulations and guidelines regarding disciplinary actions against health professionals

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The hospital must require that complete and accurate medical records be kept on all patients.  The record must be kept for at 7 years from the last visit.  A health care facility may destroy records older than 7 years if it sends both written notice to the patient and gives the patient the opportunity to request a copy of the record.  The facility must also receive written authorization from the patient to destroy the record.  If a health facility closes, it must notify the department and inform how a patient may access his or her records.  The hospital must take precautions that patient records are not wrongfully altered or destroyed.  If a hospital does not comply with this rule, it can be subject to a fine of $10,000.  Facility employees must respect the confidentiality of patient records and must refrain from disclosing their contents. 


Current as of June 2015