• Industry News
  • Law & Malpractice
  • Coding & Documentation
  • Practice Management
  • Finance
  • Technology
  • Patient Engagement & Communications
  • Billing & Collections
  • Staffing & Salary

Documenting refusal to vaccinate

Article

When parents refuse to get their children vaccinated, will documentation in an EMR sufficiently serve as a disclaimer?

Question: When parents refuse to get their children vaccinated, will documentation in an EMR sufficiently serve as a disclaimer?

Answer: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that physicians actually have parents sign a form indicating that they are fully informed of the risks of their decision. It proves that the physician had this conversation with the parent, and the parent is fully informed.

You can find the academy's recommendations and a sample form at the American Academy of Pediatrics Web site.

You also should call your malpractice carrier and ask what it recommends. They'll be the ones to defend you should a parent later change his or her mind and cause a problem.

Related Videos
The importance of vaccination
The fear of inflation and recession
Protecting your practice
Protecting your home, business while on vacation
Protecting your assets during the 100 deadly days
Payment issues on the horizon
The future of Medicare payments
MGMA comments on automation of prior authorizations
The burden of prior authorizations
Strategies for today's markets
© 2024 MJH Life Sciences

All rights reserved.