Illegible patient records pose a risk to patient care, drain healthcare resources, jeopardize optimal reimbursement, and carry potential legal ramifications. Specifically:
Tips to ensure your records are legible include:
The guidelines suggested here are not rules, do not constitute legal advice, and do not ensure a successful outcome. The ultimate decision regarding the appropriateness of any treatment must be made by each healthcare provider in light of all circumstances prevailing in the individual situation and in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the care is rendered.