Questions about dental records following the acquisition of a practice
Journal of the Michigan Dental Association (January 2018)
[Article previously published in the January 2013 MDA Journal.]
Questions addressed above:
- How long do dental records have to be maintained?
- Do I have to maintain records of patients that I have not seen and have no dentist-patient relationship with?
- Can I contact patients and seek permission to destroy their old records?
- Can I move records to offsite storage facilities?
- Once I identify records that are more than 10 years old, can I just throw them in the trash?
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Daniel J. Schulte has more than 20 years experience representing small business owners in all aspects of transactional, operational and regulatory legal matters. A Certified Public Accountant as well as an attorney, Dan is the firm's managing partner and chair of the Health Care Practice Group.
He regularly advises and counsels concerning the formation of business entities, the preparation and review of business and corporate contracts, the purchase and sale of ownership interests in businesses and/or their assets, and the purchase, sale and leasing of real estate. A significant component of Dan’s practice involves representing healthcare professionals in state regulatory matters, including disciplinary and other licensing disputes with the State of Michigan, and federal regulatory matters including fraud and abuse issues. He also counsels on the anti-kickback and Stark laws, preparation of compliance programs, and responding to and negotiating settlements in connection with government enforcement actions.
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Dan writes articles and presents frequently before legal, medical and business groups on a variety of topics, including HIPAA, the HITECH Act, the Stark Law, the fraud and abuse laws, health care compliance plans, business succession planning, asset protection, and estate and tax planning.
He is ranked among The Best Lawyers in America®, and has been named a “Michigan Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters.
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