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Pay-per-view: Manage subpoenas with a clear legal record definition

Compliance Monitor, October 10, 2007

As providers replace traditional paper records with electronic document management systems (EDMS), be prepared in case your facility receives a subpoena for a patient's medical record.

It's a bit unclear what providers need to supply if they ever face a subpoena, considering that many providers have destroyed patients' paper records after scanning them into their EDMS. Answering legal health record questions isn't easy, and rules can vary from one state to the next and from provider to provider. HIM experts agree that you should first examine state and federal laws for guidance, then develop and consistently follow your own policies.

To find out more, order the pay-per-view article Manage subpoenas with a clear legal record definition. The cost is $10. Subscribers to the online version of Strategies for Health Care Compliance have free access to this article. Subscribers to the print edition can find it in their most recent issue.

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