Q&A: Disposing of documents

May 17, 2018
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Q. Is it acceptable to dispose of shredded paper documents containing PHI in the regular trash, or must we still contract with a disposal company?

A. If the documents have been shredded finely enough that they cannot be read or pieced back together, you may dispose of them in the regular trash or paper recycling.

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