“Most dentists live in fear of litigation, but few worry about going to prison. Nonetheless, I went to prison on August 20, 2008 and was released on May 14, 2010. If you’d like, take a deep breath, hold on, and take a ride with me through a health care provider’s worst nightmare.”
“If it’s not in your dental record, you didn’t see it, you didn’t say it, you didn’t do it, it didn’t need to be done, and it doesn’t exist from a legal perspective.”
Signed: Roy Shelburne DDS
We encourage you to read a remarkable story by Dr. Roy Shelburne, a dentist that went to prison in part, because his dental records did not properly support his diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Shelburne learned the hard way that your clinical records can and should protect and defend your practice. If deficient, your clinical records can condemn your practice. Good clinical records are an essential part in protecting the patient, doctor, staff, and the practice.
Are your notes careful, complete, and concise? Doctor, are you diligent in your documentation and accurate in your representations? If not, use Dr. Shelburne as an example of what can happen should you ever be called upon to defend your treatment decisions and clinical actions.
After Dr. Shelburne received a demonstration of EasyNotesPro he was asked, “Do you think our software could have prevented your imprisonment"? His immediate response was "Absolutely, I believe the chances of my conviction would have been greatly reduced had I been using your software to record my notes!" Click on this link to go read Dr. Shelburne’s amazing story: http://www.royshelburne.com