What’s going on in the Arizona Medical Malpractice Insurance Market
We partner with many major nationwide medical professional liability insurance carriers as well as local Arizona insurers. We not only shop for the several rate options, but evaluate Arizona medical professional liability insurance coverage and provide objective guidance to our clients so they may select the professional liability company, professional liability policy and medical malpractice insurance protection in Arizona that meets their specific needs.
Records Retention Requirement for Arizona Physicians and Arizona Malpractice Insurance
A.R.S. §12-2297 dictates how long a health care provider must retain a patient’s medical records. The Statute states the following:
- Adults – at least 6 years after the last date the adult patient received medical or health care services from that provider.
- Children – either for at least 3 years after the child’s 18th birthday or for at least 6 years after the last date the child received medical or health care services from that provider, whichever date occurs later.
- Source data – medical records, including x-rays and other diagnostic images may be maintained separately from the medical record, but must be retained for 6 years from the date of collection of the source data.
In addition, the Statute also addresses retirement and selling a practice, the responsibility of employed health care providers as well as nursing care institutions.
When evaluating the coverage and purchasing an Arizona medical malpractice insurance policy, it is important to determine if coverage for such administrative responsibilities is included automatically or an option to be added should any disciplinary preceding occur with regards to retaining medical records. An Arizona medical professional liability insurance policy can also provide coverage due to any cyber liability or data breach of medical records.
Arizona Medical Malpractice Insurance and Statute of Limitations
The Statute of Limitations in Arizona is defined in A.R.S. §12-542 and states that a medical malpractice action or cause of action for medical malpractice must be commenced and prosecuted within two years after the cause of action accrues, and not afterward, of the alleged negligence, misconduct, errors or omissions, or breach of contract of services rendered. Exceptions for product liability are stated in A.R.S 12-551
It is important to consult your Arizona medical professional liability insurance company and a medical malpractice attorney should a provider receive a written demand from a patient or patient representative.
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