Protect Deceased Patient Medical Records for Decades or Face Massive Fines

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Handling your medical records of patients who die, the same way you do living patient charts will cost you $50,000 per violation.

Per HIPAA, you must keep medical records for deceased patients DECADES longer than regular federal and state patient medical record destruction laws require. To make your job even more challenging, you often have to make your medical information release decisions without the patient’s authorization.

Remember, the $50,000 fine applies to each access or storage violation you make, so your penalties can easily add up into the six figures. You really can’t afford to not know the unique deceased patient medical record access and retention rules and scenarios. Fortunately, you are not alone in figuring them out …

That’s where medical records expert and healthcare attorney Gina L. Campanella, Esq. can help. During her online training session, she’ll walk you through all of the rules surrounding deceased patient medical records authorized release and storage. You’ll get a plain-English breakdown of how to comply with HIPAA Privacy Laws and state requirements, so you head off thousands of dollars in violations.

Here are just a few of the deceased patient medical records questions you’ll get answered during this 60-minute webinar:

  • How long are you required to retain records for your deceased patients?
  • Where can you locate your state laws on medical records for patients who have died?
  • What legal documents should you require before you release a deceased patient’s record?
  • Under what HIPAA exceptions can you disclose a dead patient’s personal health information?
  • Do you follow HIPAA Privacy Rule or state law when releasing their medical records?
  • How much can you charge to process deceased patient medical records?
  • If a personal representative or executor of the estate dies, who gets legal access?
  • Are there different rules for handling behavioral, mental health, or substance abuse records?
  • Who has legal access to the records when a deceased patient didn’t name a representative?
  • What role does state law play in determining who is authorized to receive a dead patient’s record?
  • What’s the difference between an executor, administrator, and personal representative?
  • How can you coach living patients to designate a personal representative to ease your medical record burden?
  • And so much more!

Who should attend? This training is beneficial for EVERYONE at your practice or billing company who makes decisions about how your patient information is released and maintained. In only 60 minutes, you’ll learn how to comply with the EXACT requirements of deceased patient medical record access and destruction laws.

Remember, the longer you keep records, the harder it is to keep them safe and secure. With deceased medical record retention laws applying for DECADES, you simply can’t afford not to have this step-by-step guidance from medical records expert and healthcare attorney Gina L. Campanella, Esq.

You want to help family members who need immediate access to patient medical information. By attending this online training, you’ll know the exact actions you can – and can’t take – to uphold HIPAA and state laws, so your practice is protected from massive fines.

Don’t wait, register for this online training today!

Meet Your Expert

Gina L. Campanella
Esq, FACHERegulatory Compliance Specialist

Ms. Campanella focuses her practice on business law, healthcare regulatory and transactional matters. She assists her clients with transactional services and regulatory compliance consulting, as well as general counsel services to small and large businesses, medical practices, and professional societies. Clients seek her expertise related to HIPAA compliance, contracting, employment agreements, commercial leases, new practice formation, and surgical center licensing and registration. Ms. Campanella is a nationally respected regulatory compliance specialist who dedicates herself to educating professionals nationwide on issues of healthcare business transactions and regulatory compliance.

Ms. Campanella graduated Magna Cum Laude from Seton Hall University with a Masters in Healthcare Administration in 2012 and earned her Juris Doctor from Seton Hall Law in 2005. She is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (New Jersey Chapter), the American Health Lawyers Association, and the New York City Bar. Several of her certifications include earning the status of Certified HIPAA Administrator from the HIPAA Academy and Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Ms. Campanella is also an Adjunct Professor at the Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences.


The webinar was very informative.
Sheila Johnson
Heartland Alliance
The Speaker went over the legal aspect very well.
Jessica Moreno
Central Care Cancer Center