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Substandard Medical Records

When Substandard Becomes Suspicious

When Substandard Becomes Suspicious

Think of the accuracy of medical records as a continuum: At one end are accurate records; at the other end are modified records. Patient data becomes suspicious when there are detailed supplements, including information that might even be accurate and valid. Watch for detailed notes about treatment, patient discussion and post-treatment counsel. This is particularly important when there has been a negative outcome.

Risk managers call these addenda “panic notes;” they're almost always written because the healthcare provider has realized that the patient experienced a serious complication;  the provider may even have discovered that the patient has consulted an attorney.