A paper or electronic patient health care information record serves two major purposes: communicating information both within and outside the practice and creating written history in the event of later questions or challenges. Complete, accurate, and legible health care information records document all phases of medical treatment, including the care plan, laboratory and diagnostic testing, procedures performed, and medication provided.

The new Nurse Practitioner Claim Report: 4th Edition from CNA and Nurses Service Organization (NSO) analyzed 287 closed professional liability claims against nurse practitioners (claims that resulted in an indemnity payment of $10,000 or greater) over a 5-year period. The report’s analysis revealed that the majority of claims against NPs resulted from an alleged failure involving core competencies, and demonstrates that nurse practitioners are responsible for reviewing, following up on, and documenting the results of appropriate tests and consultations in a timely manner.

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