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Preservation of Records By Health Services Providers and Damages Actions For Abandonment of Records – Cal. Health & Safety Code § 123145

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If a licensed health care provider stops operating, it must keep records for seven (7) years after discharge of the patient.  If the patient is a minor, the records must be kept for at least seven (7) years until one year after the minor turns 18. 

If a licensed health care provider abandons (means not retaining the record for the requisite period of time or leaving the patient without access to his or her medical information) a patient’s records, any person or department injured as a result of the abandonment can bring an action against the provider for damages.

Current as of June 2015