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You Can't Always Get What You Want (In Physician Medical Records Custody Disputes)

You Can't Always Get What You Want (In Physician Medical Records Custody Disputes)


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Matthew C. Jones, Esq., Bronwyn L. Roberts, Esq., and Katherine Y. Fergus, Esq.
When a physician leaves an existing medical practice but continues to practice in the same service area (whether through another group, hospital, or health system, or even as a sole practitioner), perhaps no issue has more potential to create controversy and ill will than the question of who will maintain the medical records for the physician’s patients, and how the physician, his or her patients, and other parties will be given access to those records. Patient records and patient relationships constitute the heart of a physician’s practice, much more so than the “bricks and mortar� that make up the physical practice work environment.