Neither the Illinois Medical Practice Act nor the Rules specifies a number of years that office medical records must be retained. However, other laws, including statutes of limitation on medical malpractice and personal injury claims, may be used as guidelines for record retention. A physician should consider these laws in formulating a policy that is tailored to the needs of the individual practice.
Question: Dr. Kotlar, “My recordkeeping, coding, and collection systems are outdated. I’ve been documenting the same way for the last eight years even though I’ve added more services and products. I am seeing more patients but not collecting more money. Can you share some tips to help me improve?”
Because chiropractic medicine is designed to assist patients without the use of drugs and surgery, it lends itself uniquely to innovative diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Chiropractic physicians and their patients also tend to be more open-minded about considering them.