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Wash. Rev. Code § 18.51.300

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Nursing Home Retention and Preservation of Patient Records

A nursing home must retain and preserve all medical records which relate directly to the care and treatment of a patient for at least 8 years following the most recent discharge of the patient, with the exception of minor patients.  For minor patients, the record needs to be retained and preserved for a period of at least 3 years following the patient’s 18 birthday, or ten years following the latest discharge – whichever is longer.  If the home ceases operation, it must make arrangements for preservation of its records.

Related Laws:  Wash. Admin. Code § 388-97-1720

Current as of June 2015