Practice of Medicine

Claims Lesson

The Devil is in the (Documentation) Details

By Georgette A. Samaritan, RN, BSN, BS Appl.Bio, CPHRM

December 12, 2013

The Case

This case involves a middle aged female who died from complications of anal cancer. She had been a patient of the family practice for seven years prior to her death. The plaintiff alleged her primary care physician (PCP) failed to provide yearly rectal exams, and that this failure resulted in a delayed diagnosis of anal cancer. Did the PCP prevail? 

This patient celebrated her …

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