844 IAC 5-2-16 - Discontinuance of practice

Authority: IC 25-22.5-2-7

Affected: IC 25-1-9; IC 25-22.5-1

Sec. 16.

(a) A practitioner, upon his/her retirement, or upon discontinuation of the practice of medicine or osteopathic medicine, or upon leaving or moving from a community, shall not sell, convey, or transfer for valuable consideration, remuneration, or for anything of value, patient records of that practitioner to any other practitioner.
(b) A practitioner, upon his/her retirement, or upon discontinuation of the practice of medicine or osteopathic medicine, or upon leaving or moving from a community, shall notify all of his/her active patients in writing, or by publication once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the community, that he/she intends to discontinue his/her practice of medicine or osteopathic medicine in the community, and shall encourage his/her patients to seek the services of another practitioner, provided, however, that this section shall not apply to practitioners solely engaged in internship, residency, preceptorship, fellowship, teaching, or other postgraduate medical education or training programs. The practitioner discontinuing his/her practice shall make reasonable arrangements with his/her active patients for the transfer of his/her records, or copies thereof, to the succeeding practitioner, or to a program conducted by a medical society or association approved by the medical licensing board.
(c) As used herein, "active patient" applies and refers to a person whom the practitioner has examined, treated, cared for, or otherwise consulted with during the two (2) year period prior to retirement, discontinuation of the practice of medicine or osteopathic medicine, or leaving or moving from a community.
(d) Nothing herein provided shall preclude, prohibit, or prevent a practitioner from conveying or transferring the practitioner's patient records to another practitioner, holding an unlimited license to practice medicine or osteopathic medicine, who is assuming a practice, provided that written notice is furnished to all patients as hereinbefore specified.

Notes

844 IAC 5-2-16
Medical Licensing Board of Indiana; 844 IAC 5-2-16; filed Nov 30, 1990, 4:15 p.m.: 14 IR 753; readopted filed Nov 9, 2001, 3:16 p.m.: 25 IR 1325; readopted filed Oct 4, 2007, 3:36 p.m.: 20071031-IR-844070050RFA; readopted filed November 25, 2013, 9:24 a.m.: 20131225-IR-844130307RFA Readopted filed 11/22/2016, 12:11 p.m.: 20161221-IR-844160317RFA

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