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Old 06-17-2009, 12:06 PM
 
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I'm at a bit of a dead end. I really need to get a hold of some of my records, but the doctor has passed away and my attempts at trying to find a forwarding address or phone # have become futile. The one phone # that I did find, the receptionist said that all of a sudden people have been calling him for the dead docs office, but he has no info whatsoever.

Can anyone help me? The doctor's name was Julius Newman out of Philadelphia, he passed away back in '05, but recently something has come up that's pretty important and I need info from my records. If anyone can help, I really appreciate it. Thanks
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Old 06-17-2009, 12:18 PM
 
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I'm at a bit of a dead end. I really need to get a hold of some of my records, but the doctor has passed away and my attempts at trying to find a forwarding address or phone # have become futile. The one phone # that I did find, the receptionist said that all of a sudden people have been calling him for the dead docs office, but he has no info whatsoever.

Can anyone help me? The doctor's name was Julius Newman out of Philadelphia, he passed away back in '05, but recently something has come up that's pretty important and I need info from my records. If anyone can help, I really appreciate it. Thanks
The receptionist didn't know what happened to all medical records?
I do know that a hospital and private office must keep them for at least 7 years.
But I really don't know what happens when the doctor in a private office dies, if this office is shared by other doctors you should ask, if not then I really don't know what to tell you.
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Old 06-17-2009, 12:21 PM
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I'm at a bit of a dead end. I really need to get a hold of some of my records, but the doctor has passed away and my attempts at trying to find a forwarding address or phone # have become futile. The one phone # that I did find, the receptionist said that all of a sudden people have been calling him for the dead docs office, but he has no info whatsoever.

Can anyone help me? The doctor's name was Julius Newman out of Philadelphia, he passed away back in '05, but recently something has come up that's pretty important and I need info from my records. If anyone can help, I really appreciate it. Thanks
Have you tried googling his name and where he last resided, maybe he has a family member that can let you know where the records are kept.

Do you have any idea if when he died someone took over his office and records.
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Old 06-17-2009, 12:25 PM
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I'm at a bit of a dead end. I really need to get a hold of some of my records, but the doctor has passed away and my attempts at trying to find a forwarding address or phone # have become futile. The one phone # that I did find, the receptionist said that all of a sudden people have been calling him for the dead docs office, but he has no info whatsoever.

Can anyone help me? The doctor's name was Julius Newman out of Philadelphia, he passed away back in '05, but recently something has come up that's pretty important and I need info from my records. If anyone can help, I really appreciate it. Thanks

Is this the dr you are looking for? Maybe you can get in touch by calling some of the places mentioned here.

DR. JULIUS NEWMAN WILL BE MISSED
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Old 06-17-2009, 02:47 PM
 
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Thanks to both of you. Yes, that's him and I've done all that you've suggested. He was in private practice and when he died, the practice closed, I guess. My surgery was 18 years ago, so it's gonna be tough.
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Old 06-17-2009, 07:02 PM
 
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The receptionist didn't know what happened to all medical records?
I do know that a hospital and private office must keep them for at least 7 years.
But I really don't know what happens when the doctor in a private office dies, if this office is shared by other doctors you should ask, if not then I really don't know what to tell you.
When I did move out of state
I did not have a Dr, therefore did wait 2 years, to request them.

They could not find them, so out of luck I was. I did however, get the dogs vet records B4 I did move. So I did start over, with the new Doctor, the dogs
also, but they had records for them!
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Old 06-19-2009, 08:12 PM
 
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The receptionist didn't know what happened to all medical records?
I do know that a hospital and private office must keep them for at least 7 years.
But I really don't know what happens when the doctor in a private office dies, if this office is shared by other doctors you should ask, if not then I really don't know what to tell you.
When my GP passed away many years ago, even though he was in a shared practice, his records (ie my records and those of any other patient that was primarily seen by him) ended up storage administered by the lawyer who was in charge of his will and business affairs. I was informed I could pay the princely sum of $3 AU to have my records searched for and provided to me, which I did AND I'm still waiting.

This is one of the reasons that I've made arrangements with my current health care providers to always send me a copy of any reports, letters, referrals etc pertaining to me and I now keep my own medical record file. It's not a perfect solution but given the amount of stuffing around that goes on in these cases it's a little extra insurance.
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