X-Ray recycling X-Ray film retention
in all other states
Georgia state law for x-ray film and other medical records retention period.
State law requires health care providers to keep medical record for a certain period of time.
Georgia hospitals must keep medical records for at least 5 years after the date that you were discharged from the hospital. Medical records for Medicare beneficiaries, and some diagnostic test reports, must be kept for 6 and sometimes 7 years.
Online resource: https://sos.ga.gov/admin/files/LGRetentionSchedules2020.pdf
Please note that the federal law requires a retention period of 5-7 years for adults and up to 19 years old for minors.
Disclaimer: The information we provide for retaining periods of x-rays in GA, brought as courtesy for our silver recovery customers. the information was collected from department of health website and other online resources, however, B.W. recycling, Inc is not responsible for the accuracy of the information on this page and might not be up to date.
HIPAA rule for disposing of x-ray films.
Please note that HIPAA left the responsibility for the x-ray film disposal process with the physicians / facilities, and also gave physicians / facilities the choice of doing an on-site or off-site destruction, however, HIPAA rule does state that the disposal of x ray films and other medical records must be done in a way that preserves the confidentiality of the information.
If you have x-ray film you would like to recycle, please visit our Georgia x-ray film disposal page.
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