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Table 8 Record Retention Time Frames - ARK. CODE R. § 007.05.17: Table 8

Table 8 lays out the time retention time frames for various types of documents held by a hospital or other related health care institution.  The table makes clear that a hospital must maintain medical records for each patient and retain them for 10 years, and for an additional 2 years in the case of a minor.  The Table lays out record retention time periods for laboratories (2-10 years depending on the type of record), pathology lab reports (10 years), and pharmacy drug records (2 years).   

Current as of January 2016