Medical records are an integral part of client communication and patient care. According to the AVMA PLIT, the leading cause of malpractice claims in veterinary medicine is miscommunication. Poor and incomplete documentation and client communication leads to the perception of poor patient care.
At first, the oft-repeated adage among healthcare professionals “if you didn’t document it, you didn’t do it,” creates an unfortunate perception that the only reason to maintain good medical records is to stay out of trouble. Instead, you should learn how to create a legally defensible medical record in order to improve patient care and enjoy benefits that extend far beyond merely keeping your nose clean.
The goal of this course is help you improve your veterinary medical record keeping strategies and highlight pitfalls while you become proficient in communicating with clients. Your improved efficiency at creating a legally defensible medical record, compliance with state, federal, and association rules and regulations, and stronger client relationships will result in better continuity of care and treatment of the patient.
This non interactive-distance, non medical program # 1078-37545 has been approved for 2 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval. The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association has approved this course for 2.0 (two) continuing education credits (Online Delivery) Course ID # 20-47.
"When I began the course, I thought it would likely be another waste of time. I was quickly and pleasantly surprised to discover that was not the case. If one has any aspiration of practicing quality medicine, this course is not optional it is indispensable." John B. Smith, DVM, Petcare Animal Clinic
Dr. Sarah Babcock is a licensed veterinarian and attorney. She offers instruction in veterinary medical law and ethics as part of the traditional veterinary medical curriculum. She provides both online and live continuing education to help her colleagues fulfill their lifelong obligation to the continual improvement of professional knowledge and competence, as well as satisfy state licensing requirements.
Dr. Babcock's active engagement in professional associations, academia, and small animal medicine helps to ensure that the courses offered are applicable to veterinary practice, reflect the needs of the profession, and encourage compliance with evolving veterinary medical law, ethics, and standards of care.
"I needed a course for 2 hours of medical records CE. My initial search for courses gave results for courses with 5 or 10 hours and multiple requirements to even be able to sign up, not to mention the cost. I was fortunate to find this course which fit my needs exactly. There were no "prerequisites" to sign up, and the cost for what I received was extremely reasonable. I highly recommend this course for medical records CE!"
-John J. Jonas, DVM, Sandy Hill Animal Clinic