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Dental Records

Some of the most-frequently asked questions the MDA receives have to do with the handling and disposal of dental records.

An amended Michigan Public Health Code, effective Dec. 22, 2006, added new requirements governing the retention, destruction and transfer of all medical records. The 2006 amendments follow other significant regulation of medical records in recent years, including HIPAA (the Privacy Rule, effective April 14, 2003, and the Security Rule, effective April 20, 2005), as well as Michigan’s Medical Records Access Act, which became effective April 1, 2004.

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Legal Columns on Dental Records

Troubles with Obtaining a Copy of Dental Records

By Dan Schulte, J.D. MDA Legal Counsel From the May 2016 issue of the Journal Question: A new patient in my office is having trouble obtaining a co...

Are There Reasons to Retain Dental Records Longer than 10 Years?

By Dan Schulte, J.D. MDA Legal Counsel From the December 2014 issue of the Journal Question: We know the dental record retention requirement is 10 ...

What Information Should be Contained in Dental Records?

By Dan Schulte, J.D. MDA Legal Counsel From the December 2014 issue of the Journal Question: Is there any specific guidance on what a dental record...

Should Billing/Account Information be Included in Dental Records?

By Dan Schulte, J.D. MDA Legal Counsel From the December 2014 issue of the Journal Question: Does billing, payment/account receivable information, ...

Treatment Refusal and Dental Record Documentation

By Dan Schulte, J.D. MDA Legal Counsel From the December 2014 issue of the Journal Question: A patient recently arrived for a scheduled appointment...

Transmitting Dental Record Information by Email

By Dan Schulte, J.D. MDA Legal Counsel From the June 2014 issue of the Journal Question: More and more frequently I am being asked to email patient...

Practice Break-ups and Ownership of Patient Records

By Dan Schulte, J.D. MDA Legal Counsel From the January 2014 issue of the Journal Question: I have practiced with a partner for several years as th...

Providing Dental Records to Patients with Past-Due Accounts

By Dan Schulte, J.D. MDA Legal Counsel From the August 2013 issue of the Journal Question: I have a patient owing me a large balance that I have un...

Record Retention Issues Following the Acquisition of a Practice

By Dan Schulte, J.D. MDA Legal Counsel From the January 2013 issue of the Journal Question: A year ago I bought a dental practice. The selling dent...

Requesting Records for a Second Opinion Criticizing a First Opinion

By Dan Schulte, J.D. MDA Legal Counsel From the March 2010 issue of the Journal Question: I’m a general dentist providing orthodontic service...

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