After many years of Compliance Consulting in Dentistry, I have come up with a set of Recordkeeping Guidelines, which I affectionately call:
"Tooth Cop's Rules of Record Keeping"
1. If it is not written down, it did not happen and it was not discussed
2. When in doubt, write it out
3. You can never write too much
4. Be objective with documentation
5. Be timely with documentation
6. Be clear, concise and accurate
Click here to get a Downloadable Tooth Cop's Rules of Record Keeping Poster!
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About the Author
A former Law Enforcement Officer/ Dental Board investigator, Duane Tinker is the CEO of Dental Compliance Specialists. Mr. Tinker provides compliance consulting, auditing and training services for dentists and Dental Service Organizations on compliance risks including OSHA, HIPAA, Dental Board rules/ regulations, state radiology rules, DEA and state drug regulations, and Medicaid. Mr. Tinker is a frequent speaker for dental societies and study clubs. He also hosts a podcast called Talking with the Toothcop. Mr. Tinker can be reached by calling (817) 755-0035 or through his company’s website DentalCompliance.com.
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