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If you were a private practitioner and left the records in the office but had no formal medical corporate partnership, then yes, you are responsible for your medical records care and retention. You need to send letters (at least a postcard) to all patients informing them of their records being available and how to get them. Also, depending on the type of record they have to be retained securely for 7-10 years from date of last visit, so you are going to need to find some secure storage place for the records based on the HIPAA rules for medical record security until the patients claim their records or that time expires.
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