Dr. Shelburne went to prison on August 20, 2008 and was released on May 14, 2010 and learned a series of lessons the hard way. There are ways to protect and defend a dental practice and to prevent what happened to him from happening to you. Know that if it’s not in your clinical 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 the legal perspective. To be prepared for any challenge the whole dental team must be careful, concise, complete, and diligent, not just the doctor because, the whole team is potentially at risk. Learning and implementing this no nonsense team approach to record keeping could mean the difference between success and failure in the event of an action or challenge to your practice and will result in maximum legitimate reimbursement.
• To understand that what you don’t know can hurt you and that ignorance is no excuse
• To learn to assimilate and maintain records that can both protect and defend
• Understand the necessity of due diligence and how to conduct records review and internal audits to insure accuracy and excellence
AGD Code: 550
Audience: D, H, C, A, S
Dentists: $65 | Hygienists: $50 | All Other Categories: $45