S.C. Code Regs. 61-97.700.705 - Record Retention

Current through Register Vol. 46, No. 3, March 25, 2022

A. When a Patient is transferred to an emergency Facility, a transfer summary to include, at a minimum, the diagnosis shall accompany the Patient to the receiving Facility at the time of transfer or forwarded immediately after the transfer. Documentation of the information forwarded shall be maintained in the Facility's Patient record. (I)
B. Records generated by organizations or individuals contracted by the Facility for care, treatment, procedures, surgery, and/or services shall be maintained by the Facility that has admitted the Patient. Appropriate information shall be provided to assure continuity of care.
C. The Facility shall determine the medium in which information is stored. The information shall be readily retrievable and accessible by Facility staff, as needed, and for regulatory compliance Inspections.
D. Records of Patients shall be maintained for at least six (6) years following the discharge of the Patient. For the first year following discharge, these records must be kept on site and readily available at that Facility. Other documents required by the regulation, e.g., fire drills, shall be retained at least twelve (12) months or until the next Department Inspection, whichever is longer.


S.C. Code Regs. 61-97.700.705
Added by State Register Volume 44, Issue No. 06, eff. 6/26/2020.

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