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Patients' medical records after physician death; privacy when patient beds are close

Briefings on HIPAA, February 1, 2012

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Q If a sole family practice physician suddenly dies, what should happen to the patients' ­medical ­records? The practice was simply closed after the ­physician's death. Do the records need to be stored, and, if so, by whom? Should patients be notified by mail? Can ­notices be posted in the local paper with ­expiration dates on when the records will be available? Can the records simply be shredded?

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