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§ 72543. Patients' Health Records.


Barclays Official California Code of Regulations Currentness
Title 22. Social Security
Division 5. Licensing and Certification of Health Facilities, Home Health Agencies, Clinics, and Referral Agencies
Chapter 3. Skilled Nursing Facilities
Article 5. Administration (Refs & Annos)
22 CCR § 72543
§ 72543. Patients' Health Records.
(a) Records shall be permanent, either typewritten or legibly written in ink, be capable of being photocopied and shall be kept on all patients admitted or accepted for care. All health records of discharged patients shall be completed and filed within 30 days after discharge date and such records shall be kept for a minimum of 7 years, except for minors whose records shall be kept at least until 1 year after the minor has reached the age of 18 years, but in no case less than 7 years. All exposed X-ray film shall be retained for seven years. All required records, either originals or accurate reproductions thereof, shall be maintained in such form as to be legible and readily available upon the request of the attending licensed healthcare practitioner acting within the scope of his or her professional licensure, the facility staff or any authorized officer, agent, or employee of either, or any other person authorized by law to make such request.
(b) Information contained in the health records shall be confidential and shall be disclosed only to authorized persons in accordance with federal, state and local laws.
(c) If a facility ceases operation, the Department shall be informed within three business days by the licensee of the arrangements made for the safe preservation of the patients' health records.
(d) The Department shall be informed within three business days, in writing, whenever patient health records are defaced or destroyed before termination of the required retention period.
(e) If the ownership of the facility changes, both the licensee and the applicant for the new license shall, prior to the change of ownership, provide the Department with written documentation stating:
(1) That the new licensee shall have custody of the patients' health records and that these records or copies shall be available to the former licensee, the new licensee and other authorized persons; or
(2) That other arrangements have been made by the licensee for the safe preservation and the location of the patients' health records, and that they are available to both the new and former licensees and other authorized persons; or
(3) The reason for the unavailability of such records.
(f) Patients' health records shall be current and kept in detail consistent with good medical and professional practice based on the service provided to each patient. Such records shall be filed and maintained in accordance with these requirements and shall be available for review by the Department. All entries in the health record shall be authenticated with the date, name, and title of the persons making the entry.
(g) All current clinical information pertaining to a patient's stay shall be centralized in the patient's health record.
(h) Patient health records shall be filed in an accessible manner in the facility or in health record storage. Storage of records shall provide for prompt retrieval when needed for continuity of care. Health records can be stored off the facility premises only with the prior approval of the Department.
(i) The patient health record shall not be removed from the facility, except for storage after the patient is discharged, unless expressly and specifically authorized by the Department.
Note: Authority cited: Sections 1275, 100275 and 131200, Health and Safety Code. Reference: Sections 1276, 1316.5, 131050, 131051 and 131052, Health and Safety Code.
1. Amendment of subsection (a) and Note filed 3-3-2010; operative 4-2-2010 (Register 2010, No. 10).
This database is current through 2/19/21 Register 2021, No. 8
22 CCR § 72543, 22 CA ADC § 72543
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