How long should nursing homes keepMDS's?

  1. New to this so how long should nursing homes keep old MDS's for?
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  3. by   brownbook
    I think nursing homes should keep old medical doctors (MDS), for as long as they need care.

    I assume you mean medical records? Be careful using abbreviations at your job or even just posting a question here.

    How long to keep patient's medical records is something your medical records department should be dealing with. I hope it is not the nursing staffs responsibility?

    I did a quick Google search, it showed every states regulations. In California it is seven years.
  4. by   CapeCodMermaid
    In the chart or easily available, MDSs for 15 months.
    MDS=minimum data set...NOT orders
  5. by   brownbook
    OMG, minimum data sets, I wasn't even close .

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