Federal and state laws govern the retention and release of medical records.
Some Medicaid/Medicare records must be available for verification of charges
for a five- year period. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
regulations govern the retention and release of certain occupational health
records. Any medical care practitioners involved in substance abuse treatment
or occupational medicine should request more information about these laws
from their attorneys. A federal law strictly regulates the release of medical
information and the management of records for persons undergoing treatment
for substance abuse. Medical care practitioners who treat patients for
substance abuse should seek assistance in complying with these regulations
from the participating governmental agency or a private attorney.