Physician Practices and Records Transfer in the HIPAA Era

Laura Gerdes Long

By Laura Gerdes Long



In the current environment, it seems that businesses are constantly changing hands, merging or dissolving. The question then is what happens with a patient’s medical records when a medically-based business is bought, sold or dissolved? State laws and HIPAA inform the answer.

In Missouri, patient records under the care, custody and control of a medical licensee must be maintained for a minimum of seven years from the date of when the last professional service was provided. (R.S.Mo. § 334.097).

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Employer-Sponsored Group Health Plans & HIPAA

Laura Gerdes Long

By Laura Gerdes Long



If small business employers think that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act—or what we fondly refer to as “HIPAA”—only applies to health care providers, they need to think again. Small business owners need to get hip to HIPAA because those that offer employer-sponsored health plans (as most do) must also protect the privacy of employees’ medical information.

Physician practices typically understand they are “Covered Entities” under HIPAA due to their status as medical providers but many are unaware they may carry the title of Covered Entity” by way of their employer status.

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