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PPV: Prepare for new federal rules on record retention

HIM-HIPAA Insider, April 3, 2007

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Dust off that old record-retention policy. The U.S. Supreme Court recently made changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that make requests for electronic data a standard part of the discovery process during federal lawsuits. The changes took effect December 1, 2006.

Subpoenas for electronic data--everything from accounting documents to e-mails--during litigation have increased in recent years. But the formal change means that you're responsible for saving any electronic data that might be central to future litigation.

Failure to properly prepare could result in fines. The judge could also instruct the jury to assume that missing data would have been helpful to the case.

To read more on how to prepare for new federal rules on record retention, click here. Subscribers to Briefings on HIPPA can sign-on for access.

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