This section was compiled by Frank M. Painter, D.C. Send all comments or additions to:Frankp@chiro.org
This page is devoted to a full description of what is considered “complete” patient file documentation, as described by National Associations and Third party Payors. It is the intention of this page to inform our profession of the most efficient means of communicating patient information, as well as outlining what is considered adequate documentation.
Record Keeping ~ Case History
Vertebral Subluxation in Chiropractic Practice
This is an Adobe Acrobat file (1.34 MB).
Record Keeping starts on page 148 of 318.
Guidelines for Chiropractic Quality Assurance and Practice Parameters
a.k.a. The Mercy Conference Refer to Section V
Recommendations for Chiropractic Documentation
Wisconsin Chiropractic Association
This 45 page document from the includes a section on chiropractic “listings”, indicators of chronicity, and an extensive list of commonly used abbreviations.
Documenting Physical Therapy – The Reviewer Perspective
This text book (available in our
Book Shelf Page) is a comprehensive overview of documentation for physical therapy, for the purpose of justifying treatment strategies and avoiding claim denials. Case studies illustrate acceptable and unacceptable documentation practices. It also provides suggestions to improve documentation
Best Practices in Clinical Chiropractic
This collection of articles (also available in our
Book Shelf Page) from five years of the journal Topics in Clinical Chiropractic. These articles cover topics such as record keeping, history taking, evaluating soft tissue pain, and deciding how much care is needed. Chapters are grouped in sections on primary care, optimizing practice, and special issues, with material on areas including boundary issues, headache management, and differentiating mechanical pain from visceral pain.