Contact your state medical licensing board to find out what the standards are in your state.
AMA policy can be found in several ways: states that physicians should make medical records available as requested by the patient and that a reasonable fee may be charged for transferring medical records (see Opinion 3.3.1 "Management of Medical Records").
This approach limits the possibility of selection bias that could occur if older physicians tended to treat sicker patients.
We adjusted for patient and physician characteristics that could influence 30-day mortality rates.
Their study, recently published in The British Medical Journal, found that patients treated by older physicians were more likely to die within 30 days of hospitalization compared with patients treated by younger physicians – unless the older physicians were used to treating large numbers of patients each year.