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HIPAA specifies that the data contained within a medical record belongs to the patient, but the physical form containing the data belongs to the entity responsible for maintaining the record (i.e., the physician).

If a patient takes medical records without permission and will not return them upon request, the act should be treated as a normal theft and the physician should contact the police.

HIPAA - 45 CFR § 164.524(b)(2)How long must a physician retain medical records?

A physician must retain medical records for at least 10 years.

No, a provider is not required to maintain separate paper copies of electronically stored records.

§31-33-8(b)Do the same laws that apply to paper copies apply to electronic medical records?

Yes, all provisions of Chapter 33 of Title 31 of the Georgia Code, including fees, apply to electronic medical records.

§ 31-33-3How quickly must a physician release requested medical records?

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A physician must provide medical records to a patient within 30 days of the receipt of a records request.Can a physician withhold a patient’s medical record for a past due balance for services rendered?