Ellen Epstein Cohen, JD
Adler, Cohen, Harvey, Wakeman, and Guekguezian, LLP
Ellen Epstein Cohen is an experienced trial attorney, having successfully defended clients in both state and federal courts for almost 35 years. Ellen also has a strong interest in alternative dispute resolution and has participated in innumerable mediations and arbitrations. Ellen focuses her practice primarily on the representation of physicians, nurses, and the full spectrum of healthcare providers in the defense of medical malpractice claims and before the boards of registration that govern licensed healthcare professionals. The professional liability aspect of Ellen's practice includes all medical specialties and cases that range from involving only minor injuries to catastrophic injuries and death. In addition, Ellen works with clients to develop strategies and practices to help minimize risk by avoiding potential problems. She also shares her malpractice risk management knowledge through lectures and panel discussions before professional organizations.
Kathryn Schaefer, MSN, RN, CPHRM
Senior Manager, Accreditation and Compliance
East Lansing, MI
Susan Kuhn, MHSc
Manager, Education Strategy and Content
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Statement of Need
The patient medical record is an enduring reflection of care that evolves over time and provides information for making clinical decisions, conducting research, and performing quality assurance. Neglecting to document important details can lead to adverse patient outcomes and leave providers and organizations open to malpractice lawsuits. Incomplete or inaccurate documentation of patient encounters can expose providers and their organizations to the risk of litigation, potential loss of licensure, lost revenue, and settlement fees, and, perhaps most importantly, may result in poor patient care. For these reasons, healthcare providers need to be familiar with real-world common documentation pitfalls and their consequences, as well as best practices for medical documentation.
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Initial Release Date: August 27, 2020
Expiration Date: August 26, 2022
Estimated Time to Complete This Activity: 60 minutes
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Detailed and timely documentation of patient care within the medical record is critical for making clinical decisions, conducting research, and performing quality assurance. Conversely, failure to document important details can lead to adverse patient outcomes and leave providers and organizations open to malpractice lawsuits. Through both didactic discussion and tales from the courtroom, this activity highlights the following benefits and pitfalls of documentation:
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