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Sarah E. Coyne quoted in article “Experts warn: Patient passports need review by risk management department”

Healthcare Risk Management

Below is an excerpt:

Patient passports do not have to be incorporated into the medical record, but they probably should be, says Sarah E. Coyne, JD, partner in the Madison, WI, office of the Quarles & Brady law firm. The legal community has not yet addressed the issue because patient passports are so new, but Coyne says the safe approach is to consider them part of the record because they are used to determine care.

“My advice is to incorporate it, because otherwise you can have an informational gap if the patient doesn’t bring it back,” Coyne says. “Once you’ve asked the patient to use this as a means of communication, I could see providers being held responsible for not knowing what was in the document or not adhering to it.”
Originally published in Healthcare Risk Management, April 2015