Roy Shelburne, DDS
Roy Shelburne, DDS
Clinical Records Prevent Criminal Records, AKA: Do Dentistry, Not Time
Most dentists live in fear of defending a malpractice claim or of other litigation but few worry about going to prison as a result of their practice of dentistry.
Nonetheless, I went to prison on August 20, 2008 and was released on May 14,
2010. Take a deep breath, hold on, and take a ride with me through a health care
providers worse nightmare, but, take heart....there are ways to prevent what happened to me from happening to you.
During the investigation as well as in the preparation for and during my trial it became apparent that my records, billing, and coding systems were faulty...a very difficult and but important lesson to learn. The Court stated that this decision was to be used to send a message to the healthcare community and I have taken that statement literally. I have now refocused my efforts toward the education of others to prevent the same from happening to them. With wit, wisdom, and humor, my message to you is that it is possible to implement systems that can form a defensive systemic approach. Be aware and forewarned that if it's not in your clinical record, you didn't see it, you didn't say it, you didn't do it, it didn't need to be done, and it doesn't exist....from the legal perspective. Believe me, I know all too well from personal experience. I hope to coach you and your team to be careful, be concise, be complete, be diligent, and be free! Understand that it is a wise man who learns from his mistakes, but a wiser man still that learns from another's. If you choose to ignore the possible deficiencies in your systems, both you and your staff members you could suffer the dire consequences!
- To appreciate the fact that no one is immune to board scrutiny, insurance audits, and legal action
- To understand the need to protect and defend you and your practice
- To understand why recordkeeping is critically necessary beyond the fact that it's mandated
- To understand who and what is at risk if systems are neglected
- To value the difference between the mandatory requirements verses records and billing/coding systems that protect and defend
- To understand the need for due diligence and quality improvement
To understand way periodic independent review of systems are necessary
Dr. Shelburne is a 1977 graduate from the University of Virginia and a 1981 Honor Graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Dentistry. After graduation, Dr. Shelburne opened his practice "back home" in his grandfather's hardware store building and practiced there for 27 years. He has been a past president of the Southwest Virginia Dental Society and has volunteer at Virginia's various MOM projects across the state. Dr. Shelburne has also been a short term missionary with the Baptist Medical Missions International to Honduras, CA. A speaker, consultant, and writer, Dr. Shelburne specializes in record keeping and business systems that protect and defend.