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.
Does Illinois law permit health care providers to file and enforce health care liens for services to minor patients (persons under 18 years of age) who have been injured in negligence cases? The short answer is “yes,” as recently confirmed by the Illinois Supreme Court.